April 7, 2003
Up Next . . .
After a weekend in the Bay Area, sixth-ranked UCLA (17-2; 3-0 Pac-10) returns to the Los Angeles Tennis Center this week to host Oregon (8-9; 0-4 Pac-10) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 11 Washington (14-4; 0-4 Pac-10) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Bruins own a 9-0 all-time advantage over the Ducks and lead the series with Washington, 17-1. Both of this week's matches will count in the Pac-10 standings.
Bruins Split Bay Area Matchups . . .
Despite the loss of key players, UCLA managed a split in the Bay Area against two highly-ranked opponents. The Bruins started the weekend with a 5-2 loss to No. 4 Cal on Friday. Both Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer were off playing Davis Cup, while Rodrigo Grilli sat out the match due to injury. UCLA's two points came on victories from Tobias Clemens and Chris Lam. Following only their second loss of the season, the Bruins bounced back against No. 7 Stanford the following day, taking a 5-2 victory. UCLA won the doubles point and received victories from Clemens, Lam, Lassi Ketola and Alberto Francis. Another bright spot for UCLA was that Grilli played on Saturday, teaming with Aaron Yovan in doubles to help UCLA secure the doubles point. These teams will meet again in Los Angeles in two weeks, with both matches counting in the Pac-10 standings.
Matkowski, Rojer Play Davis Cup . . .
Both Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer were unavailable to play last weekend due to commitments with their respective Davis Cup squads. South Africa edged Matkowski's Poland squad 3-2, while Rojer's Netherlands-Antilles team and Haiti were tied at 2-2 heading into Monday. Both are expected to be available for UCLA's matches this weekend.
Clemens Dominating Top Spot for UCLA . . .
With a 26-4 overall record, Bruin junior Tobias Clemens owns the best winning percentage on the team at .866. What's even more impressive is the fact that, as UCLA's top player, he's done it against the top competition in the country. He is 11-2 against ranked opponents and owns a 12-2 record in dual-match play. He has won six-straight matches, including 12 of his last 13.
Six Bruins Listed in ITA Individual Rankings . . .
All six of UCLA's regular starters were ranked in singles when the latest ITA Rankings were released on Mar. 26. Leading the group was junior Tobias Clemens who checked in at No. 9 nationally. Other Bruin players ranked in singles included: No. 40 Erfan Djahangiri, No. 41 Marcin Matkowski, No. 44 Chris Lam, No. 93 Rodrigo Grilli and No. 99 Lassi Ketola. UCLA currently has two doubles teams ranked, as Matkowski/Grilli are ranked No. 9 in the nation and Clemens/Ketola check in at No. 37. New individual rankings will not be released again until Apr. 9.
Bruins Fall to No. 6 Nationally . . .
In the latest computer rankings released on Mar. 26, UCLA checked in at No. 6 in the country. The top two remained the same with Illinois holding on to the No. 1 spot and Florida remaining at No. 2. Baylor, Cal and Mississippi round out the top-5. New team rankings are released every Wednesday.
ITA Top-25 (4/2) 1. Illinois 2. Florida 3. Baylor 4. Cal 5. Mississippi 6. UCLA 7. Stanford 8. Duke 9. Texas A&M 10. Vanderbilt 11. Washington 12. Minnesota 13. Kentucky 14. Alabama 15. VCU 16. Tulane 17. LSU 18. Georgia 19. Auburn 20. South Carolina 21. Texas 22. USC 23. Georgia Tech 24. Miami 25. Ohio State
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 223-42 (.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."