2010 Pac-10 Individual Tennis Championships Preview

April 20, 2010

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    PACIFIC-10 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Pac-10's seven men's teams and nine women's teams head to Ojai, Calif., Thursday, Apr. 22 through Sunday, Apr. 25 to decide the league's singles and doubles champions. The 32-player men's singles draw consists of four student-athletes from each school and four wild cards will be selected at the discretion of the draw committee. The 16-team men's doubles draw consists of two doubles teams from each school and two wild card teams will be selected by the committee. For the women, the 32-player singles draw consists of three players from each of the nine schools that sponsor women's tennis, with five additional competitors selected by a committee of coaches, based upon the participant's record. The 16-team women's doubles draw will have one doubles team from each school and seven additional teams selected by the committee, based upon the participants' record. 

    WHAT & WHERE: The Pac-10 Championships will be held in conjunction with the 110th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. The Pac-10 men will compete at Libbey Park in Ojai for all rounds. The Pac-10 women will play at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club Thursday, Apr. 22 and Friday, Apr. 23. All semifinal and final matches on Saturday, Apr. 24 and Sunday, Apr. 25 are at Libbey Park. Matches begin at 8 a.m., with two rounds of singles on opening day. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday. The Pac-10 women's singles final will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the men's singles final at approximately 11 a.m. The women's doubles championship will follow at 12:30 p.m., with the men's doubles championship at 2 p.m. Ken Thomas will announce the men' and women's on www.radiotennis.com for interested fans. Barry Thompson and Murphey Jensen will be calling the action for FSN on tape delayed. The first airing will be April 29, 2010. Check at www.pac-10.org for a listing of times. 

    OJAI HISTORY: The Pac-10 Championships will again be the featured event at this year's 110th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, which attracts 1,600 of the best college, junior and open players from the Western states. The annual event, started by William Thacher in 1896, has been played at the same site and interrupted only five times. If this tournament, put on entirely by volunteer efforts on public and privately owned courts, seems an unlikely place to see championship quality players, consider who has appeared here: Pete Sampras, Lindsay Davenport, Michael Chang, Rick Leach, Tracy Austin, Billy Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors and the Bryan twins. These tennis greats are among more than 85 former players at The Ojai who have gone on to win one or more Grand Slam events as professional tennis players, all of whom are listed on Libbey Park's 'Wall of Fame.'


    Fourteen Pac-10 singles players are ranked in the ITA Top-125 national men's singles rankings (as of April 20).  Five Conference teams are represented by ranked individuals, with USC sophomore Steve Johnson topping the list at No. 2 and joined in the Top-10 by teammate senior Robert Farah at No. 8.

    CALIFORNIA: No. 14 Pedro Zerbini, Jr.; No. 100 Christoffer Konigsfeldt, Fr.
    STANFORD: No. 12 Bradley Klahn, So.;  No. 58 Alex Clayton, Jr.; No. 86 Ryan Thacher, So.
    UCLA: No. 48 Haythem Abid, Sr.; No. 60 Matt Brooklyn, Sr.; No. 61 Nick Meister, Jr.; No. 99 Amit Inbar, Jr.
    USC: No. 2 Steve Johnson, So.; No. 8 Robert Farah, Sr.; No. 90 Jaak Poldma, Jr.; No. 92 Daniel Nguyen, So.
    WASHINGTON: No. 75 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Jr.

    In doubles, Pac-10 men's teams occupy 11 spots among the ITA Top-90 national doubles rankings, with a ranked pair representing five different schools. STANFORD'S tandem of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher is the highest-ranked duo at No. 2.

    ARIZONA: No. 86 Pat Metham, Sr./Borja Malo, Jr.
    CALIFORNIA: No. 29 Jonathan Dahan, Jr./Pedro Zerbini, Jr.
    STANFORD: No. 2 Bradley Klahn, So./Ryan Thacher, So.; No. 36 Richard Wire, Sr./Alex Clayton, Jr.
    UCLA: No. 18 Nick Meister, Jr./Amit Inbar, Jr.; No. 66 Haythem Abid, Sr./Nick Meister, Jr.
    USC: No. 8 Robert Farah, Sr./Steve Johnson, So.; No. 56 Steve Johnson, So./Daniel Nguyen, So.; No. 63 Jason McNaughton, Sr./Daniel Nguyen, So.; No. 82 Daniel Nguyen, So./JT Sundling, Fr.
    WASHINGTON: No. 75 Jeeven Nedunchezhiyan, So./Kyle McMorrow, Fr.


    The Pac-10 women occupy 22 spots on the ITA's Top-125 singles rankings list through April 20.  Of the Top-30 players in the nation, eight hail from the Pac-10.  All nine Conference teams are represented by ranked individuals, with sophomore Jana Juricova of CALIFORNIA receiving the highest ranking at No. 2. 

    ARIZONA: No. 106 Natasha Marks, So.
    ARIZONA STATE: No. 68 Micaela Hein, Jr.; No. 70 Kelcy McKenna, Jr.
    CALIFORNIA: No. 2 Jana Juricova, So.; No. 17 Marina Cossou, Jr.; No. 34 Mari Andersson, Jr.
    STANFORD: No. 4 Hilary Barte, Jr.; No. 32 Mallory Burdette, Jr.; No. 67 Stacy Tan, Fr.; No. 77 Lindsay Burdette, Sr.
    OREGON: No. 117 Pavlina Smatova, 
    UCLA: No. 6 Yasmin Schnack, Sr.; No. 24 Andrea Remynse, Jr.; No. 42 Noelle Hickey, Jr.
    USC: No. 2 Maria Sanchez, Jr.; No. 33 Alison Ramos, So.; No. 36 Danielle Lao, Fr.; No. 102 Valeria Pulido, Fr.
    WASHINGTON:  No. 10 Denise Dy, So.; No. 15 Venise Chan, Jr. 
    WASHINGTON STATE: No. 60 Liudmila Vasilieva, Fr., No. 76 Elisabeth Fournier, So.

    In doubles, Pac-10 women's teams hold 10 spots in the ITA Top-90 national doubles rankings, with five schools represented.  The STANFORD tandem of Lindsay Burdette and Hilary Barte are the highest-ranked doubles team in the Conference, landing at No. 2.

    CALIFORNIA: No. 8 Mari Andersson, Jr./Jana Juricova, So.; No. 62 Marina Cossou Jr./Kasia Siwosz Sr.
    STANFORD: No. 2 Lindsay Burdette, Sr./Hilary Barte, Jr.; No. 41 Mallory Burdette, Jr./Stacy Tan Fr.
    UCLA: No. 5 Andrea Remynse, Jr./Yasmin Schnack, Sr.;  No. 89 Noelle Hickey, Jr./Nina Pantic, So.
    USC: No. 63 Danielle Lao, Fr./Maria Sanchez, Jr.; No. 65 Lyndsay, Jr./Maria Sanchez, Jr.; No. 72 Maria Sanchez, Jr./Valeria Pulido, Fr.
    WASHINGTON: No. 16 Denise Dy, So./Joyce Ardies, Sr.



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