ATHENS, Ga. – Senior Thibaut Charron (Sens, France) of the Virginia Commonwealth University men's tennis team has always been known as a tough-as-nails competitor.
That's why it made it even more concerning when Charron was forced to retire due to injury during his match against Vanderbilt's Ryan Lipman during the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship.
"Thibaut is such a tough kid, so that's what makes this even more shocking," Head Coach Paul Kostin said. "Right now, we're just focused on making sure he is ok. It's unfortunate because he has the talent to make a long run in a tournament like this, but this type of stuff can happen in tennis."
After dropping the first set 4-6 to Lipman, Charron bounced back and cruised to a 6-4 win in the second set. He was up 5-3 in the third set when he became extremely fatigued and dizzy. After a short delay, Charron was unable to recover and forced to retire due to injury.
He concludes his VCU career with a 47-31 career mark with 23 of those victories coming this spring.