Bruins Head to Ojai
April 21, 2003
Bruins Head to Ojai for Pac-10s . . .
With the regular season recently completed, members of the third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team will head to Ojai, Calif. this week to compete individually at the Pac-10 Championships. Bruins competing in the main draw at the Pac-10s include, Marcin Matkowski, Rodrigo Grilli, Chris Lam and Erfan Djahangiri. In doubles, the Bruins will be represented by Grilli/Matkowski and Djahangiri/Alberto Francis. The Pac-10 Invitational singles draw will feature Lassi Ketola, Francis, Aaron Yovan, Chris Surapol and Travis Kinard. The Invitational doubles draw will see Bruin teams consisting of Ketola/Yovan and Lam/Surapol. Draws and seedings will be announced Tuesday.
Grilli, Matkowski Looking to Defend Pac-10 Titles . . .
Bruin senior Rodrigo Grilli is the defending Pac-10 singles champion, defeating Washington's Alex Vlaski, 6-4, 6-3 in last year's final. Grilli has a chance to become the first repeat winner since Stanford's Alex O'Brien accomplished the feat back in 1991 and '92. Marcin Matkowski could claim the Pac-10 doubles title for the second year in a row, but would have to do it with another partner since Jean-Julien Rojer decided to turn pro. Matkowski and Rojer defeated Stanford's Scott Lipsky/David Martin, 8-5 in last year's final. Grilli and Matkowski will team together this year.
Clemens' Streak Reaches 10 . . .
Junior Tobias Clemens has not lost a singles match since Mar. 5, and has won 10 in a row, including 16 of his last 17. Clemens, who is ranked No. 5 in the nation, recently picked up his 30th victory of the season against Cal on Apr. 19 and currently stands at 30-4 overall (.882). What's even more impressive is the fact that he's done it against the top competition in the country. He is 14-2 against ranked opponents and owns a 18-2 record in dual-match play. Although he would have likely been the top seed this week, Clemens will not compete at the Pac-10 Championships and will focus on the NCAA Tournament beginning May 10.
Bruins Check in at No. 3 Nationally . . .
In the latest computer rankings released on April 16, UCLA checked in at No. 3 in the country, jumping one spot from the previous week. The top two remained the same, with Illinois holding on to the No. 1 position and Florida remaining at No. 2. Cal and Mississippi round out the top-5. New team rankings are released every Wednesday.
ITA Top-25 (4/16/03)1. Illinois2. Florida3. UCLA4. California5. Stanford6. Mississippi6. Baylor8. Vanderbilt9. Duke10. Texas A&M11. Minnesota12. South Carolina13. Washington14. Kentucky15. Alabama16. Texas17. VCU18. LSU19. Tulane20. Auburn21. USC22. Georgia23. Ohio State24. Pepperdine25. Wake Forest
Five Bruins Listed in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
Fifth-ranked Tobias Clemens leads the way as a total of five Bruin players are ranked in singles according to the latest ITA individual rankings released on April 9. Following Clemens are Chris Lam (#35), Marcin Matkowski (#40), Erfan Djahangiri (#64) and Rodrigo Grilli (#120). The Bruins also have two teams ranked in doubles, as Grilli/Matkowski check in at No. 22 and Clemens/Ketola are at No. 38. New individual rankings will not be released until April 23.
NCAA Regionals Likely to be held at LATC . . .
Although it is not official, UCLA will likely host the first and second rounds of NCAA Regional play, May 10-11 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. Check the UCLA website (uclabruins.com) for official dates and times once the schedule is announced in early May.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 226-43 (.840) record in his 10th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, guiding the team to six top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99. UCLA has also won four Pac-10 titles during his tenure. Inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, Martin's playing career is full of highlights. To this very day he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport. He captured the 1973 and '74 singles titles at the Junior Wimbledon, Junior U.S. Open and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Just this past year, Inside Tennis Magazine ran an article that named him 'Junior Player of the Century.'
Season Highlights . . .
Marcin Matkowski was unavailable to join his teammates in the Bay Area on April 4 due to commitments with Poland's Davis Cup Team. Matkowski was in South Africa taking part in a tie between Poland and South Africa. Poland fell 3-2, with Matkowski taking part in the doubles match ...Playing in front of a large, vocal crowd and a regional TV audience, UCLA turned in one of its most impressive performances of the season on Mar. 7, shutting out defending NCAA Champion USC, 7-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, UCLA completed its sweep over USC, having already defeated the Trojans, 6-1 back on Jan. 31 ... UCLA posted a 2-1 record at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 20-22. The top-seeded Bruins started the tournament with a 4-0 victory over San Diego State, advancing to defeat No. 8 Duke, 4-1 in the next day's quarterfinals. However, UCLA fell to No. 6 Florida, 4-1 in the semifinals ... For the second time in as many years, Tobias Clemens claimed the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. Clemens, the tournament's No. 1 seed, defeated teammate Marcin Matkowski, 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Jan. 20. In 2002, Clemens registered a three-set victory over San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger ... Sophomore transfer Chris Lam captured the singles title at the Southern California Intercollegiates held at the Los Angeles Tennis Club on Nov. 10. Lam defeated USC's Johan Berg, 6-4, 6-3 in the final ...In a match featuring UCLA teammates, No. 6 seed Erfan Djahangiri outlasted No. 5 seed Chris Lam by scores of 6-3, 6-4 on Oct. 27 to win the singles title at the Omni Hotels Region VIII-South Championships hosted by Pepperdine at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. With the victory, Djahangiri qualified for the Omni Hotels Nationals, held Nov. 7-10 in Dallas, TX ...Bruin freshman Chris Surapol took home the consolation singles title at the Omni Hotels Regionals ...UCLA men's tennis coach Billy Martin announced the signing of local tennis standout Robert Yim (Glendale, Calif.) to a national letter of intent on Nov. 18. Yim is the No. 1-ranked player in the United States Tennis Association Boys' 18s singles rankings. UCLA will also have the services of Austrian Luben Pampoulov next season, as he is already enrolled for the spring quarter.
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