Season Ends For Men's Tennis
May 24, 2001
ATHENS, GA - The California Golden Bears (16-9, 4-3 Pac-10) were knocked out in the Round of 16 last week by 2001 national champions Georgia, 4-0. Despite the loss, the Bears were looking at one player, sophomore and No. 17-ranked John Paul Fruttero, as he began the singles championships of the NCAA tournament. No doubles team would compete this year for the Bears, while Fruttero would be the only player representing Cal in the singles portion of competition. Fruttero would not get out of the first round, however, as the San Marino native fell to Middle Tennessee State's Daniel Klementz, 6-2, 7-5, in Athens, GA.
Fruttero would end the season with a 29-16 record in singles, including a 16-9 record playing only at the No. 1 court for the Bears. Fruttero would also end the season with a 14-10 record in doubles, including a 10-3 mark with teammate Robert Kowalczyk at the No. 2 court for Cal. Fruttero was ranked as high as No. 7 in a preseason ITA poll, and finishes the season ranked No. 17 in the country. Fruttero was also named First Team All-Pac-10 for the 2001 season, helping lead the Bears to a 3rd-place finish in the conference, their highest since 1995.