Rigby reaches second in all-time wins

Rigby reaches second in all-time wins

By Thomas Donley, @TDonleyDE

Southern Illinois senior tennis player Jonny Rigby moved into second place in school history with his 126th career win Sunday.

Rigby’s 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4 defeat of Eastern Illinois senior Robert Skolik moved him past Fabiano Ramos for second-most combined wins in singles and doubles in Saluki history.

“It feels good,” said Rigby of Lancashire, England. “It’s always nice when those accolades come in.”


Mickey Maule, who played from 1987-90, holds the school record with 160 wins.

The Salukis have 13 more dual matches this season, meaning Rigby can rack up 26 more wins before the start of the MVC Tournament.

He is 5-1 in singles and 4-2 in doubles this spring. He and partner junior Michal Kianicka went 9-3 in doubles play last season, while Rigby went 20-9 in singles play while playing at the No. 1 slot. 

The Brit was 14-5 in the fall tournament season. 

“Before I came to America, I was working really hard to get the opportunity to come to America,” Rigby said. “And whilst I’ve been here, I’ve worked hard to really make the most of my ability.”

Rigby will get a chance to add to his win total at noon Friday at home against Austin Peay.

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