March 10, 2003
On Tap . . .
The No. 3-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (13-1; 1-0 Pac-10) has just one more match before taking a two-week break for final exams. The Bruins host San Diego State this Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. UCLA has never lost to SDSU, leading the all-time series 27-0. The Bruins and Aztecs have already played once this year, with UCLA taking a 4-0 decision at the National Team Indoors back on Feb. 20.
Bruins Blank Trojans, 7-0 in Televised Matchup . . .
Playing in front of a large, vocal crowd and a regional TV audience, UCLA turned in one of its most impressive performances of the season last Friday, shutting out defending NCAA Champion USC, 7-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, UCLA completes its sweep over USC, having already defeated the Trojans, 6-1 back on Jan. 31. The featured match of the afternoon pitted eighth-ranked Tobias Clemens of UCLA against No. 36 Prakash Amritraj of USC. Clemens, who lost to Amritraj in straight sets back in January, turned his game up a notch Friday, posting a 6-4, 6-1 decision at the No. 1 singles position. Friday's match, which was televised on a delayed basis by Fox Sports Net, was the 2003 Pac-10 opener for both teams. The match is scheduled to re-air on Tue., Mar 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Bruins Check in at No. 3 Nationally . . .
With its loss to Florida at the National Indoors on Feb. 22, UCLA fell out of the top spot for the first time this season and currently stands at No. 3 in the nation behind the Gators and No. 1 Illinois. UCLA, which was the preseason No. 1 team, held the top spot for six weeks. New team rankings are released every Wednesday.
ITA Top-25 (3/5/03) 1. Illinois 2. Florida 3. UCLA 4. Baylor 5. California 6. Stanford 7. Duke 8. Mississippi 9. Kentucky 10. Washington 11. Texas A&M 12. Minnesota 13. North Carolina 14. South Carolina 15. Alabama 16. Texas 17. USC 18. VCU 19. Auburn 20. Arkansas 21. LSU 22. Ohio State 23. Vanderbilt 24. South Florida 25. Wake Forest
Six Bruins Listed in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
Six UCLA players were ranked in either singles or doubles when the new individual rankings were released on Feb. 26. Leading the group was junior Tobias Clemens who checked in at No. 8 nationally. Other Bruin players ranked in singles included, No. 26 Chris Lam, No. 45 Marcin Matkowski, No. 64 Erfan Djahangiri and No. 87 Lassi Ketola. In doubles, Matkowski and teammate Rodrigo Grilli are ranked No. 16 in the country, while Clemens and Ketola check in at No. 26. New individual rankings will not be released again until Mar. 12.
Djahangiri Perfect in Dual-Match Play . . .
At 11-0, Bruin senior Erfan Djahangiri is the only starter yet to lose in dual-match action this season. Through UCLA's first 14 matches, Djahangiri is 4-0 at No. 3 singles, 6-0 in the No. 4 position and 1-0 at the No. 5 spot. He only has 11 victories in 14 matches due to the fact that all three of his singles matches at the National Team Indoors two weeks ago were suspended once the dual was decided. Against Ohio State on Feb. 7, he recorded his 100th career singles victory and currently owns a 105-30 overall record.
Bruin Trio in 20-Match Win Club . . .
Sophomore Chris Lam, junior Tobias Clemens and senior Erfan Djahangiri are the only Bruins to surpass the 20-win mark so far this season. Lam was the first one to do it, registering No. 20 against Ohio State on Feb. 7. He currently stands at 24-5 overall. Clemens posted his 20th against San Diego State at the National Team Indoors, defeating countryman Oliver Maiberger, 6-4, 6-1. He owns a 21-4 overall record. Most recently, Djahangiri posted his 20th against USC last Friday.
Doubles Success . . .
Just how critical is winning the doubles point? The Bruins started the season 11-0, winning the doubles point in all 11 matches. The only time UCLA failed to claim the point, it fell to No. 6 Florida, 4-1 at the National Team Indoors. UCLA has now won the doubles point in 13 of 14 matches this season.
UCLA Home Matches Live Via the Internet . . .
All UCLA home matches can be followed live at UCLA's official athletic website www.uclabruins.com. Fans can access the matches by clicking on the "Live Stats" link in the Events Calendar on the front page or by going into the men's tennis schedule.
Bruins Reach Semifinals at USTA/ITA National Team Indoors . . .
UCLA posted a 2-1 record at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoors in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 20-22. The top-seeded Bruins started the tournament with a 4-0 victory over San Diego State. UCLA then defeated No. 8 Duke, 4-1 in the quarters to set up a meeting with No. 6 Florida in the semifinals. In that match, the Bruins lost the doubles point for the first time all year. In singles action, UCLA fell behind 3-0 following Gator victories at court Nos. 5 and 6. Bruin senior Rodrigo Grilli was able to cut the lead to 3-1 with his victory at No. 3 singles, however Florida ended up clinching the match at the No. 2 position. Second-seeded Illinois defeated Florida, 4-2 in the final, becoming the only team other than UCLA and Stanford to win it since 1983.
Season Highlights . . .
For the second time in as many years, Tobias Clemens claimed the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. Clemens, the tournament's No. 1 seed, defeated teammate Marcin Matkowski, 6-2, 6-1 in the final on Jan. 20. In 2002, Clemens registered a three-set victory over San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger ... Sophomore transfer Chris Lam captured the singles title at the Southern California Intercollegiates held at the Los Angeles Tennis Club on Nov. 10. Lam defeated USC's Johan Berg, 6-4, 6-3 in the final ...In a match featuring UCLA teammates, No. 6 seed Erfan Djahangiri outlasted No. 5 seed Chris Lam by scores of 6-3, 6-4 on Oct. 27 to win the singles title at the Omni Hotels Region VIII-South Championships hosted by Pepperdine at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. With the victory, Djahangiri qualified for the Omni Hotels Nationals, held Nov. 7-10 in Dallas, TX ...Bruin freshman Chris Surapol took home the consolation singles title at the Omni Hotels Regionals ...UCLA men's tennis coach Billy Martin announced the signing of local tennis standout Robert Yim (Glendale, Calif.) to a national letter of intent on Nov. 18. Yim is currently the No. 1-ranked player in the United States Tennis Association Boys' 18s singles rankings.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 218-41 (.842) record in his 10th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his nine seasons, guiding the team to six top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99. UCLA has also won four Pac-10 titles during his tenure. Inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996, Martin's playing career is full of highlights. To this very day he is still regarded as one of the best junior players in the history of the sport. He captured the 1973 and '74 singles titles at the Junior Wimbledon, Junior U.S. Open and Junior Orange Bowl tournaments. Just this past year, Inside Tennis Magazine ran an article that named him "Junior Player of the Century."