March 25, 2003
Up Next . . .
Following a break for finals and spring break, the third-ranked UCLA men's tennis team (14-1; 1-0 Pac-10) will resume play this week in Arizona. On Friday, the Bruins will face Arizona (5-6; 0-0 Pac-10) in Tucson, Ariz. at 1:30 p.m. UCLA leads the all-time series, 51-0 and defeated the Wildcats, 7-0 back on Feb. 15 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. On Saturday, the Bruins will battle Arizona State (5-8; 0-0 Pac-10) beginning at Noon in Tempe, Ariz. The Bruins lead that series, 54-1, registering a 6-1 win back on Feb. 14 at the LATC. Both previous matches against the Arizona schools did not count in the Pac-10 standings.
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 held the No. 1 ranking for six weeks. New team rankings are released every Wednesday.
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 Mar. 12. Leading the group was junior Tobias Clemens who checked in at No. 6 nationally. Other Bruin players ranked in singles included, No. 24 Chris Lam, No. 32 Marcin Matkowski, No. 33 Erfan Djahangiri, No. 87 Lassi Ketola and No. 98 Rodrigo Grilli. In doubles, Matkowski and Grilli are ranked No. 12 in the country.
ITA Top-25 (3/19) 1. Illinois 2. Florida 3. UCLA 4. Baylor 5. California 6. Mississippi 7. Washington 8. Stanford 9. Duke 10. Kentucky 11. Texas A&M 12. Minnesota 13. VCU 14. Vanderbilt 15. Alabama 16. Texas 17. Georgia 18. South Carolina 19. USC 20. Tulane 21. Indiana 22. Miami 23. Auburn 24. Georgia Tech 25. Arkansas
Djahangiri Remains Perfect in Dual-Match Play . . .
At 12-0, Bruin senior Erfan Djahangiri is the only starter yet to lose in dual-match action this season. Through UCLA's first 15 matches, Djahangiri is 4-0 at No. 3 singles, 7-0 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 were suspended once the dual was decided. Against Ohio State on Feb. 7, he recorded his 100th career singles victory and currently owns an overall record of 106-30.
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 . . .
The Bruins have claimed the doubles point in all 14 victories this season. The only time UCLA failed to claim the point, it dropped its only match of the season, falling to No. 6 Florida, 4-1 at the National Team Indoors back on Feb. 22.
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.
Season Highlights . . .
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 on Mar. 7, shutting out defending NCAA Champion USC, 7-0 at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. With the victory, UCLA completed its sweep over USC, having already defeated the Trojans, 6-1 back on Jan. 31 ... 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, advancing to defeat No. 8 Duke, 4-1 in the next day's quarterfinals. However, UCLA fell to No. 6 Florida, 4-1 in the semifinals ... 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 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 220-41 (.843) 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."