Cal Men's Tennis Opens 2001 at Sherwood Country Club
Jan. 11, 2001
BERKELEY, CA - The California men's team opens up 2001 when they travel to the Sherwood Country Club for the Collegiate Invitational, Jan. 13-15. Cal ended the fall campaign with a No. 24 national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, a double-digit jump from last year's No. 36 ranking.
Sophomore John Paul Fruttero, who is the No. 7-ranked singles player in the country by the ITA, leads the Bear's ten-player squad into 2001. In October, Fruttero reached the semifinals at the ITA All-American tournament, the second leg of the Grand Slam. Fruttero made his way to the semifinals by knocking off the No. 1 seed, Brian Vahaly of Virginia. In doing so, Fruttero became the first Cal player to advance to the semifinals since 1986.
Joining Fruttero is No. 22-ranked freshman, Balazs Veress, and No. 41-ranked senior, Adrian Barnes. Veress, in his first collegiate tournament in September, advanced to the quarterfinals of the T. Rowe Price National Clay Court Championships, the first leg of the ITA Grand Slam. After qualifying for the main draw, Veress reached the quarters after knocking off top-seed Ramsey Smith of Duke before losing to Tennessee's Peter Handoyo. Barnes found himself in the ITA Regional championship in both singles and doubles at the end of October, before falling to players from Stanford.
On the doubles side, Cal has two doubles tandems ranked in the top 50. Senior Scott Kintz and Barnes established a No. 36 ranking, while the sophomore duo of Robert Kowalczyk and Ben Miles garnered a No. 46 ranking by the ITA at the end of the fall.
The Bears open up dual match play at No. 28 Washington on Jan. 26 (2:00 p.m.), and at No. 63 Oregon on Jan. 27 (2:00 p.m.).