Men's Tennis Debuts at No. 1

Jan. 13, 2003

LOS ANGELES - With 29 of 41 first-place votes, the UCLA men's tennis team was picked No. 1 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in its preseason rankings released Monday.

UCLA, which opens its 2003 dual-match season this Wednesday against UC Irvine, was joined in the top-5 by Illinois, Baylor Stanford and Florida. Defending NCAA Champion USC was ranked No. 7.

Fall individual rankings were also released Monday. Junior Tobias Clemens was ranked No. 12 in the nation followed by No. 38 Erfan Djahangiri and No. 40 Chris Lam. In doubles play, Clemens and Lassi Ketola check in at No. 39.

Preseason ITA Top-25
1 UCLA (29) 2 Illinois (8)3 Baylor (2)4 Stanford5 Florida6 Georgia7 Southern California (2)8 Mississippi9 Kentucky10 California11 Duke12 Texas13 Texas A&M14 Tennessee15 Auburn16 Virginia Commonwealth17 Alabama18 Pepperdine19 Minnesota20 Washington21 South Florida22 South Carolina23 Wake Forest24 Ohio State25 Mississippi State

Compete ITA Rankings listed here

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