Jan. 20, 2004
UCLA to Host Fresno State This Thursday . . .
Seventh-ranked UCLA (1-0) will host Fresno State (2-0) this Thursday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Bruins lead the all-time series, 21-0, including a 7-0 decision last year.
Clemens Wins Third-Straight Sherwood Title . . .
For the third time in as many years, UCLA senior Tobias Clemens captured the singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup. Clemens, the tournament's No. 1 seed, came from behind to defeat teammate Kris Kwinta, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-3. Clemens has now won 15 consecutive matches at Sherwood dating back to January of 2002. Despite the loss, Kwinta rebounded to capture the doubles championship with teammate Alberto Francis. The duo defeated Cal's Patrick Briaud/Balazs Veress, 8-5.
Bruins Open 2004 With Shutout Over UC Irvine . . .
Playing its first dual match since the NCAA Semifinals last May, UCLA looked impressive in its 2004 season opener on Jan. 14, downing UC Irvine, 7-0 in a non-conference showdown at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. The Bruins set the tone in doubles play, winning all three matches to claim the one point awarded for doubles play. The highlight of the afternoon came at No. 1 doubles, where 36th-ranked Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta of UCLA upset UC Irvine's Jonathan Endrikat/Brian Morton, 8-5. Endrikat and Morton are ranked No. 6 nationally in the latest ITA Doubles Rankings. Following the doubles, UCLA swept through singles play without dropping a set in all six matches.
UCLA in the Rankings . . .
UCLA checks in at No. 7 in the ITA Rankings released on Jan. 13. Defending NCAA Champion Illinois is ranked No. 1. The Illini are followed by Baylor, Florida, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Mississippi. New team rankings will be released on Jan. 27. Individually, Tobias Clemens is ranked No. 12 and is followed by No. 18 Chris Lam, No. 79 Kris Kwinta and No. 90 Alberto Francis. In doubles, Clemens and Lam are ranked No. 23, while Francis and Kwinta check in at No. 36. Complete ITA Rankings can be accessed by clicking here.
Bruins and Trojans to Battle on TV . . .
Fox Sports Net has decided to air a tape-delayed broadcast of the UCLA/USC match on Mar. 2. The match, which will be played at USC's Marks Tennis Stadium, will air on Mar. 6 at 3:00 p.m. UCLA won last year's TV showdown at the LATC, 7-0.
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. There is also a link on the men's tennis page.
Head Coach Billy Martin . . .
The 1996 ITA National Coach of the Year and UCLA's 1975 NCAA singles champion, Billy Martin, owns a 231-44 (.840) record in his 11th season as head coach at UCLA. He has led the Bruins into the NCAA Tournament in each of his 10 seasons, guiding the team to seven top-4 finishes, including trips to the finals in 1996 and '99. UCLA has also won four Pac-10 titles during his tenure. Coach Martin was inducted into the ITA Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996. 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 Junior Wimbledon, the 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." As a professional, Martin defeated such top players as Ken Rosewall (twice), Stan Smith, John Newcombe, Roscoe Tanner and Harold Soloman.