No. 43 Cal Hosts No. 52 Oregon, No. 47 UW
BERKELEY – The 43rd-ranked California men's tennis team returns home to host No. 52 Oregon on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 47 Washington Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The Golden Bears have a 10-7 record (1-4 in the Pac-12). Oregon is 10-9 (0-4 Pac-12) prior to a Wednesday contest against Washington (14-6, 2-2 Pac-12) in Seattle.
Cal will honor the late Jim McManus, a former Golden Bear and member of the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame, and its alumni on Saturday during McManus Legends Day. Also on Saturday, Fuddruckers will provide complimentary hamburgers and French fries to fans at Hellman while supplies last.
Admission is free to regular-season tennis matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Fans can also follow all the action via the Hellman live stream and live scores by clicking here and can follow match updates on Twitter at @CalMensTennis.
Under current state and local guidelines, fans attending events held in outdoor venues are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings at all times.
Last Time: Cal Clashes With Sun Devils, Wildcats In Desert
Despite singles wins from Sean Hill and Derrick Chen, Cal lost to Arizona State, 4-2, on April 1 in Tempe, Arizona. The Bears then played at Arizona on April 3 and fell to the No. 18 Wildcats, 4-1, with Cal senior Yuta Kikuchi earning a court-one singles victory.
Cal is ranked 43rd in the ITA team poll. The Bears have two individual rankings, with Yuta Kikuchi (20-12 record) at No. 105 in singles and the pair of Kikuchi and Carl Emil Overbeck (16-7) at No. 44 in doubles.
- Yuta Kikuchi was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 15 after clinching a pair of 5-2 wins over Santa Clara and, in the Bears' Pac-12 opener, No. 22 Utah
- Kikuchi defeated Arthur Neuhas, 6-4, 6-1, on March 11 to clinch against the Broncos and beat Franco Capalbo, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to secure the victory over Utah
- Kikuchi also beat Athell Bennett, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch Cal's 5-2 win over Purdue on March 16 in Berkeley
- Carl Emil Overbeck – with a 23-9 singles – leads the Bears with the most singles victories
- Overbeck clinched Cal's 6-1, March 20 win over No. 56 Cal Poly, beating Colter Smith, 6-3, 6-0
- In the fall, Overbeck won the consolation final of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships, beating Utah's Ryan Ali, 6-2, 7-5
- Kris Kwinta (UCLA '08) is in his first season as the Peter Wright Director of Men's Tennis
- Kwinta's first-year staff includes assistant coach and former BYU player Francis Sargeant along with volunteer assistant coach and former professional player Jared Donaldson
- Kwinta and Sargeant won the consolation bracket of the Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship, beating Bears Sean Hill and Lucas Magnaudet in the final of the open tournament on March 6 in La Jolla
Scouting the Ducks
- Prior to Oregon's Wednesday clash with UW, the Ducks had lost three of their last four matches
- Oregon lost to UCLA in its last match, 4-1, on April 3 in Eugene, Oregon
- Joshua Charlton is ranked 90th in singles
- Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele are ranked 32nd in doubles
- Nils Schyllander is in his 11th year as head coach at Oregon
Scouting the Huskies
- UW lost two of its three matches prior to its Wednesday match with Oregon
- The Huskies most recently split with the L.A. schools in Seattle, beating No. 49 UCLA, 5-1, on April 1 and losing to No. 13 USC, 4-1, on April 3
- In singles, Clement Chidekh is ranked sixth
- The doubles duo of Chidekh and Nedim Suko is ranked 55th
- Matt Anger is in his 27th season as head coach of the Huskies
Goransson Wins Battle Of Cal Alums To Reach Davis Cup
Cal alumnus Andre Goransson qualified for the Davis Cup finals with Sweden on March 5, when his team defeated Japan and former Cal teammate Ben McLachlan, 3-2, in Helsingborg, Sweden.
"It was amazing to do it at home," Goransson said. "It was unlike anything I'd ever done in terms of the atmosphere and the excitement."
Goransson paired with Elias Ymer to beat McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama, 2-6, 7-6(9), 7-5, in a doubles match that took two hours and 40 minutes. Sweden clinched the victory over Japan when Ymer beat Yosuke Watanaki in singles, 6-3, 6-3.
"It was great playing him and sharing a court with Ben," Goransson said. "He's a great friend of mine. It was fun given that we played together here at Cal, and to play Davis Cup against each other, we were both excited to do that.
McLachlan – currently ranked 34th in the world in doubles – and Goransson – who's ranked 69th in doubles – partnered in doubles while at Cal in the 2013-24 season, when McLachlan was a senior and Goransson was a freshman.
The United States also qualified for the Davis Cup finals on March 5 when the U.S. beat Colombia, 4-0, in Reno, Nevada. The U.S. team features former Cal volunteer assistant coach Rajeev Ram, who's ranked fourth in doubles. Ram paired with Jack Sock to clinch the victory when they beat Colombia's Nicolas Barrientos and Juan-Sebastian Cabal, 6-3, 6-4.
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Cal hosts the second half of the Big Slam on April 16 in a double header with the Cal and Stanford women's match at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The women's match starts at 12 pm. and the men's match – Cal's regular-season finale – will start not before 3:30 p.m.