All-American John Paul Fruttero to Return for Senior Season

Dec. 27, 2002

Berkeley, Calif. - Senior All-American men's tennis player John Paul Fruttero announced today that he will return to the University of California for his final year of eligibility, after taking the fall season off to participate in professional amateur events.

In his three seasons with the Golden Bears, the San Marino native has been a consistent fixture in the starting lineup, compiling an impressive 63-36 overall singles record and a 46-32 overall doubles count. This past year, he became the first Golden Bear to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals since Michael Hill accomplished the feat in 1995.

Fruttero enters the spring season ranked No. 4 in the nation by the ITA in singles and No. 9 in doubles with teammate Robert Kowalczyk. After a successful junior season in which he etched out a 20-8 overall record and collected All-America and All-Pac-10 honors, Fruttero started the summer ranked No. 950 in the world in singles and No. 800 in doubles. He won his first pro tournament in June 2002 as he swept through a star-studded lineup at the USTA Futures Tournament at Sunnyvale Tennis Center in becoming the first Golden Bear player ever to win a pro tournament while still in school.

This fall, Fruttero participated in a flurry of tournaments, proving successful on the amateur circuit. He collected his first Top 100 win ever in September, defeating No. 70 Anthony Dupuis of France in the Hamlet Cup, a warm-up event for the 2002 U.S. Open. Fruttero also reached the finals of the Mazathan Futures Event in Mexico and the semifinals of the Hammond Futures Event in New Orleans. Most recently in doubles competition, he reached the finals of the Jamaican Futures Event with partner Mirko Pehar. Fruttero finished the season by breaking into the Top 500 in the world in singles and No. 420 in doubles.

'I am returning to Cal to finish what I started, and that is to return Cal men's tennis to the national spotlight once again,' said Fruttero. 'I look forward to helping take the team to the National Championships and hopefully win it all.'

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