Clayton, Klahn selected for NCAA Singles Championship
April 30, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford men's tennis team will have two representatives in the 2009 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, as No. 21 Alex Clayton and No. 34 Bradley Klahn both received at-large bids into the 64-man draw.
Clayton put together a 28-10 overall record in a year where he was crowned the ITA Regional Singles Champion and advanced to the finals of the 2008 Sherwood Cup and the semifinals of the 2009 Pac-10 Championships. Clayton was also awarded the ITA Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the 2009 ITA National Team Indoors. Last year, he advanced to the NCAA semifinals where he fell to the eventual champion, top-ranked Somdev Devvarman of the University of Virginia.
Klahn has posted a 33-7 overall record, going 18-6 against ranked opponents. He lost only two matches in the dual season and has won 20 of his last 21 matches. The standout rookie recently captured the Pac-10 double, winning both the singles and doubles championships and fell in the ITA Regional finals to Clayton. He earned three separate Pac-10 Player of the Week awards this season, and is the first freshman in conference history to do so.
Klahn and fellow classmate Ryan Thacher, the No. 28 ranked doubles pair in the nation, were chosen as alternates for doubles competition, and will only play if enough pairs withdraw before competition begins.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 20-25 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, following the conclusion of the team championship (May 14-19). Texas A&M University will serve as host.
All matches shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.