April 9, 2003
LOS ANGELES - UCLA men's tennis player Jean-Julien Rojer, who took the fall and winter quarters off to compete as an amateur on the professional tour, has elected not to return to UCLA, head coach Billy Martin announced today.
Rojer, a senior All-American from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, has posted significant results in a number of lower level professional tournaments. In 2002, he won futures titles in Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados and the Netherlands Antilles. In January of this year, he won another tournament in Jamaica and most recently competed in Davis Cup for the Netherlands Antilles, winning both of his singles matches in a 3-2 loss to Haiti. He is currently ranked No. 255 in this week's ATP Tour Rankings.
"Although we are certainly disappointed Julien will not be with us, we support his decision," said Martin. "He did a great job for us in his three years here and we wish him the best of luck as he competes full-time on tour. However, we still think we can win the national championship, and that is our main goal. We've done a good job so far, and I still feel that we can compete with any team in the country."
UCLA is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation with a 17-2 overall record.
Rojer was a three-time All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 performer. In 2000, he was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.