Nov. 8, 2000
Los Angeles -- Megan Bradley, one of the most highly touted tennis recruits to come along in many years, signed a letter of intent to play at UCLA on Wednesday. She will be eligible to compete in the fall of 2001.
Bradley, a senior at the Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Fla., won the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Girls' 16s Nationals in 1999. She also took home singles and doubles titles at the 1999 Easter Bowl and was a singles finalist and doubles champion at the USTA Girls' 16s National Clay Courts. In December of 1999, she represented the United States at the prestigious NEC World Youth Cup, the 16-and-under equivalent of the Fed Cup. She ended 1999 as the No. 1 ranked player in the country in the U.S. Under-16s division, thus earning a spot on Team USA (formerly the U.S. National Team).
"Megan is probably the best recruit in the country and we're extremely excited that she chose to come to UCLA," said UCLA head coach Stella Sampras. "She's a very athletic and talented player who just dominates and overpowers her opponents. Most of all, she's excited about going to college and being part of a team. I expect her to be a great team leader."
Playing her first full season in the USTA Girls' 18s division, Bradley is currently ranked No. 12 in the nation in singles. This past April, she reached the quarterfinals at the Easter Bowl. In August, she reached the doubles final and advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the USTA Girls' 18s Nationals in San Jose, Calif. Last summer, she reached the third round at the 2000 U.S. Open Junior Championships and advanced to the second round of the Wimbledon Junior Championships in London, England.
In addition to her outstanding accomplishments at the junior level, Bradley has participated in several professional tournaments. This past January, Bradley won five rounds of qualifying to advance to the main draw of the USTA Satellite of Boca Raton, Fla., defeating No. 4 seeded Nikola Hubnerova in the first round. In May, she reached the second round of a USTA challenger in Jackson, Miss., losing to top-seeded and eventual champion Jessica Steck.
"Megan's experience at the professional level will certainly be an asset when she arrives at UCLA, " said Sampras. "She's already had some solid showings in various futures and satellite tournaments and that should make her transition to the college game a very easy one."
Bradley comes from an athletic family as her father, Phil, played major league baseball for seven years and was the first African-American quarterback at the University of Missouri.