Jackson Finishes As Super Regional Runner-Up
STANFORD, Calif. – Ryder Jackson completed a strong run in the ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships on Monday, when the Cal men's tennis junior competed in the singles final, falling to Stanford's Nishesh Basavareddy.
Jackson, seeded seventh, lost to the top-seeded Basavareddy, 6-0, 6-3, at the Taube Family Tennis Center.
"I felt like I played really well and gained a lot of confidence for sure playing in all these matches," Jackson said. "After the last couple of tournaments, I'm just trying to keep the momentum going this fall. I felt really positive throughout the tournament."
"I'm always happy with his focus level and with him being able to close out tough matches," said Kris Kwinta, Cal's Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis. "That's a big improvement for him. He had a very good tournament.
"As much as we're happy with his progress and results, a match like today motivates you to get back on the court and work on deficiencies in your game. That's part of the process, and he will continue building throughout the season. There is an upward trend in his tennis and in his vision of how he wants to play the game. There are a lot of positive things going on in his game and there are things to work on still."
Jackson will next compete in the ITA National Fall Championships from Nov 2-6 in San Diego. He qualified for the national tournament by winning his singles semifinal on the Farm.
"This will be my first time at fall nationals, and the competition there will be really tough," Jackson said. "It'll be challenging for me and also a good experience to play against all those talented players."
Seven Golden Bears played in the super regional event, including Carl Emil Overbeck, who partnered with Jackson to reach the doubles semis, as well as Alex Chang, Derrick Chen, John Kim, Lucas Magnaudet and Mikey Wright.
"As a team we had a positive tournament," Kwinta added. "Carlo made the singles semis, beat the No. 3 seed, and won three consecutive matches; Derrick won two extra matches; Alex also won a couple of extra matches; John Kim and Mikey won in doubles; Lucas won twice in singles. Overall the Bears had a successful week in a lot of ways and had chances to improve their games. We're one step closer to the dual-match season starting in January."
Additionally, Cal's Siddhant Banthia began play in singles qualifying in the 15K Norman Open in Oklahoma on Monday, with the top-seeded Banthia beating Reiya Komagata, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round. Cal veteran Yuta Kikuchi, the seventh seed, is already in the singles main draw. The duo of Kikuchi and Banthia will also compete in the doubles main draw and is seeded third in Norman.
ITA Northwest Super Regional Championships
Oct. 24, 2022, in Stanford, Calif.
Taube Family Tennis Center
Main Draw Singles – Final
 Nishesh Basavareddy (Stanford) def.  Ryder Jackson (Cal), 6-0, 6-3