Men's Tennis Notes

Jan. 10, 2006

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The California Golden Bear men's tennis team returns to the court for their first match of the spring season. The team will travel to the Mexico Invitational in Manzanillo, Mexico.

The Bears are currently ranked No. 19 in the first Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released Monday, Jan. 9 by the ITA. Two Golden Bears were ranked in the individual poll, junior Tyler Browne was ranked No. 55 and Daniel Sebescen was ranked No. 79.

The Golden Bears started their season at their Napa Valley Tennis Classic, where they faced off against tough competition from Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia. Several Bears were victorious, including freshman Eoin Heavey, who left the tournament with a 3-0 singles record. Senior Lennart Maack and juniors Tyler Browne and Daniel Sebescen all competed in the ITA Ralph Lauren/Polo All-American in Tulsa, Oka. Maack and Sebescen saw early exits, as Browne advanced to the third round of qualifying before eventually falling to Arkansas' Adrians Zguns. The Bronco Invitational was special for the Bears. By the conclusion of the tournament, Cal won three singles titles and went undefeated in doubles claiming two titles. To conclude the fall season, the Bears participated in the Wilson/ITA Regional. Maack, Browne and Sebescen all advanced to the quarterfinals before falling.

Junior Tyler Browne finished the fall season with a 6-3 record in doubles, including advancing to the quarterfinals of the ITA Raplph Lauren/Polo All-American. Browne lost in the quarterfinals of the Wilson/ITA Regional in Santa Clara, Calif., on Oct. 21-25.

Senior Conor Niland returns to action this spring for the Golden Bears. The Limerick, Ireland native, has played on the pro circuit as an amateur this fall. Niland finished last season ranked No. 12 in the nation; he also posted two upset wins of over top 10 individuals in singles in the final matches of the regular season.

Considered one of the best teachers and tacticians in men's collegiate tennis, Peter Wright has developed a reputation for getting more out of his players than perhaps any coach in the country. Wright's coaching talent hasn't gone unnoticed in 1997 and 2001 he was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He received his first coaching award in 1994 when he was named Wilson/ITA Regional Coach of the Year. Wright and the Bears have been a fixture in the NCAA Tournament almost every year since. The ninth coach in the 110-year history of Cal tennis, Wright has compiled a 149-110 (.576) career record during his tenure in Berkeley. Wright currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as well as the Youth Tennis Advantange and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Foundation of the Bay Area. He established the Bear Trax program at Cal, which brings inner city children from Oakland to Berkeley for academic tutoring with Cal students and tennis tutoring with the Cal men's and women's teams. Wright is also currently the chairman of the NCAA men's tennis committee. He is assisted by Jun Hernandez, who enters his sixth season.

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