Jack Winkler named first-team All-Big Ten

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Men’s Tennis Senior Red Jersey jack winker earned first-team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his Spartan career, the conference announced Thursday night.

The award marks the first All-B1G honor for a Spartan men’s tennis player since Gjis Linders in 2015.

The Birmingham native has made his mark this season after missing his junior and senior years through illness. After being sidelined for medical reasons in 2019-20, Winkler served as a volunteer assistant coach and continued to be an important leader for the Spartans. It was debatable whether Winkler would recover enough to return to the court, but he has bounced back better than ever and commandeered the No. 1 singles and doubles courts this year for the Greens and Whites.

Winkler went 13-16 overall in singles in the regular season, with a 10-10 record in doubles. Playing the majority of matches on the No. 1 field, Winkler went 9-10. He’s gone 5-5 in his last ten games and picked up a win over a nationally ranked opponent when he faced Stjin Slump of Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 20.

In doubles, Winkler combined for a 12-11 record among a variety of Spartan doubles partners. He went 6-2 with reed crockery2-2 with Nick Williams and was 3-5 playing with Graydon’s Lair.

Academically, Winkler was named Academic All-Big Ten and received the Gwendolyn Norrell Community Outreach and Leadership Award at the 2022 Spartan Academic Excellence Gala.

Additionally, redshirt senior Josh Mukerhjee was named the winner of this year’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Winkler and the Spartans beat Purdue Thursday morning, 4-3, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Madison, Wisconsin. MSU’s game against Ohio State is scheduled for a 10 a.m. ET start on Friday, April 29 inside the Nielsen Tennis Center on campus in host Wisconsin.

2022 Big Ten Men’s Tennis All-Conference and Individual Winners

Athlete of the Year: Canon Kingsley, State of Ohio

First year of the year: Gavin Young, Mich.

Coach of the Year: Ty Tucker, Ohio State

Second Team All-Big Ten
Oliver Stuart, Illinois
Gavin Young, Mich.
Trice Pickens, North West
Robert Cash, Ohio State
Athel Bennett, Purdue
Jared Pratt, Wis.

Sportsmanship Award
Lucas Horve, Ill.
Vikash Singh, Indiana
Ondrej Styler, Michigan

Josh Mukherjeestate of michigan
Will Gleason, Nebraska
Trice Pickens, North West
James Trotter, Ohio State
Miko Eala, Penn State
Julen Morgan, Purdue
Gabriel Huber, Wis.