Chidekh Up To No. 2 In National Singles Rankings
SEATTLE – Tying the highest individual ranking in program history, Husky junior Clement Chidekh moved up one more spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles poll today, going from No. 3 to No. 2. The Huskies are just nine days away from playing host to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, with sixteen of the best teams in the country, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club.
Chidekh, a native of Lyon, France, is 14-3 on the year and 3-0 so far in dual singles matches. He first jumped into the top-10 of the singles rankings after an 11-win fall season that saw him make the semifinals of both national individual tournaments, the ITA All-America Championships and the ITA National Fall Championships.
The No. 1-ranked player is Arthur Fery of Stanford, who beat Chidekh in a three-set battle in the finals of the ITA Northwest Super Regionals in the fall. Chidekh has wins over players currently ranked No. 4, No. 5, No. 11, No. 29, No. 32, No. 73, and No. 85.
Chidekh ties the UW record-high ranking of No. 2, which was previously reached by Alex Vlaski in the 2004 season.
Washington (7-0) will host Portland State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its final tune-up before National Team Indoors.