Matt Lucena to Be Inducted Into Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame
Feb. 28, 2007
BERKELEY - Former California men's tennis player Matt Lucena is one of 11 people who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Men's Tennis Hall of Fame on May 23, 2007. Among the inductees are nine players, two coaches and one contributor.
Lucena played for Cal from 1989 to 1992 and won five ITA Grand Slam doubles titles in his collegiate career, including two NCAA Championships. With partner Doug Eisenman, Lucena won the Volvo Collegiate doubles title, National Indoors doubles title and NCAA doubles Championship in 1990. Again in 1991, Lucena won the National Indoors and NCAA doubles titles, this time with Bent-Ove Pedersen as his partner.
'Matt had a tremendous collegiate career here, particularly in doubles, with his two national championships,' California head coach Peter Wright said. 'We are very excited that Matt is going into the hall of fame. He had one of the best doubles careers in the history of college tennis.'
Lucena was named to the All-America team three times, 1990, 1991 and 1992 in doubles and 1991 in singles. Marty Davis (1977, 1978, 1979) and Steve DeVries (1985, 1986, 1987) are the only other Cal men's tennis players to be named to the All-America team in three separate years. Lucena earned All-Pac-10 honors in 1990 and 1992.
In 1995, Lucena won the U.S. Open mixed doubles championship with partner Meredith McGrath. The duo won its first Grand Slam title in its first professional outing, defeating the No. 2 seed in the first round and eventually beating Cyril Suk and Gigi Fernandez 6-4, 6-4, for the title.