Bruins Host UC Santa Barbara in 2002 Season Opener

Jan. 14, 2002

This Week . . .

vs. UC Santa Barbara
Wednesday, January 16
Los Angeles Tennis Center (1:30 p.m.)

@ Sherwood Collegiate Cup (Jan. 18-21)
@ National Collegiate Tennis Classic (Jan. 17-20)

Bruins Host Gauchos in 2002 Opener
The UCLA men's tennis team opens up dual-match play this Wednesday when it hosts UC Santa Barbara at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 21-1.

Defending Champ UCLA Selected for National Indoors
The 16-team field has been announced for the 2002 USTA/ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships taking place Feb. 7-10 in Louisville, Ky. The tournament, hosted by the University of Kentucky includes: Brown, California, Duke, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana State, host Kentucky, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, SMU, Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee, and UCLA (a 16th team will be added later this month). UCLA is the defending men's champion in this event, defeating Stanford, 4-2 in last year's final.

No. 1 Matkowski/Rojer Headline ITA Rankings
Led by UCLA's doubles tandem of Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer, which is the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the country, the UCLA men's tennis team had several players ranked in the ITA fall individual rankings released on Dec. 11. Matkowski and Rojer earned the country's No. 1 position by posting an impressive 14-1 fall record. They won three out of four fall tournaments, including the adidas Invitational, the ITA All-American and the ITA Regionals. Also ranked in doubles is the tandem of Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola, which comes in at No. 16. In singles, Matkowski went from being unranked in the preseason rankings to UCLA's highest ranked player at No. 13. Also rounding out the top-20 are No. 18 Rojer and No. 19 Clemens. The Bruins also had two other players ranked in singles as Ketola checks in at No. 89 and Erfan Djahangiri is ranked No. 109.

Bruins Start Season at No. 3
UCLA debuted at No. 3 in the nation in the Preseason ITA Team Rankings released on Jan. 8. UCLA, which finished 2001 with a 23-3 overall record and a No. 3 national ranking, followed top-ranked Georgia and second-ranked Stanford.

ITA Top-20 (1/11)1. Georgia2. Stanford3. UCLA4. Tennessee5. Mississippi6. Illinois7. Notre Dame8. Pepperdine9. SMU10. Duke11. Cal12. USC13. Texas A&M14. Mississippi State15. LSU16. Baylor17. South Alabama18. Miami19. TCU20. Auburn

Newcomers Grilli, Francis Looking to Make Impact
Freshman Alberto Francis and junior college transfer Rodrigo Grilli will make a name for themselves at the Division-I level this season. Francis, who took a year off following high school to test the pro tour, was top-10 in the U.S. Boys' 18s singles and doubles rankings and is a former member of Team USA. Grilli comes to UCLA from College of the Desert, and was considered the No. 1 recruit in the nation at the JC level. He is a two-time California State doubles champion and a former No. 1 junior player in his native Brazil.

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