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Roberts earns masters degree from ASU

Bahamian tennis player Justin Roberts, who has spoken about an increased and more profound schedule in 2020, recently graduated with a master’s degree in sports law and business from Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona.

Roberts, 23, will be playing on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour full-time this upcoming season for the first time in his career. This past season he secured singles and doubles titles on the pro circuit, and improved his rankings on the ATP Tour. Currently, at number 842, he is the highest ranking Bahamian on the tour, and as a result has earned automatic placement on The Bahamas’ Davis Cup team in 2020.

Roberts’ first degree was a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and now he has followed that up with a graduate degree.

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) extends congratulations to Roberts on remaining focused and disciplined in pursuit of his goals.

 The young Bahamian intends to win more titles this season, thereby improving his ranking on the ATP Tour.

Roberts was presented with the Southwest Region Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award at the completion of his collegiate eligibility in tennis.

In his senior season he helped the ASU Sun Devils clinch their second-straight Territorial Cup Series over Arizona, taking down Igor Karpovets, of the Ukraine, 7-5, 3-6 and 6-3. Roberts had a six-match winning streak in March, including a win over No. 82 nationally ranked American Will Little of Baylor. Roberts notched wins in his last two collegiate matches, both in straight-sets, one against American Paul Barretto of the University of California in the Pac-12 Tournament and the other over American Reese Stalder of No. 9 Texas Christian University (TCU) in the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament.

In three seasons at USF, Roberts compiled a 22-22 win-loss record in singles and a 34-20 record in doubles.

In his freshman year, he and doubles partner Oliver Pramming, of Denmark, advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament and they finished the year ranked at No. 27 in doubles. In singles, he ended the year on a six-match unbeaten streak. In his sophomore year, he had another progressive year in doubles, winning six straight at one point, but he fell off a bit in singles play. In his junior year Roberts helped the USF Bulls clinch their fourth-straight American Athletic Conference (AAC) title with a straight sets win over American Danny Kerznerman of the University of Central Florida (UCF). Roberts prevailed, 6-4 and 6-4. He also helped the Bulls to an upset win over No. 16 Mississippi State, earning the AAC Player of the Week for his performance.

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