Jan. 25, 2006
Melbourne, Australia -Former UCLA men's tennis player Marcin Matkowski and his partner Mariusz Fyrstenberg have advanced to the doubles semifinals at the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the 2006 season.
Matkowski and Fyrstenberg, from Poland, are scheduled to meet seventh-seeded Martin Damm and Leander Paes in Thursday's semifinals. A victory would put them in the finals against either top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan or fourth-seeded Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett.
Matkowski and Fyrstenberg defeated two other UCLA players en route to the semifinals, as they knocked out Davide Sanguinetti (1992-93) and his partner Potito Starace in the first round. They also took out Justin Gimelstob (1995-96) and Ashley Fisher in the quarterfinals.
Since Australia is 19 hours ahead of the West Coast Timezone, the semifinal match will be played at 4:00 p.m. PST Wednesday.
Matkowski lettered at UCLA from 2001-03. He earned All-America honors in 2002. He would be the first UCLA player to win a grand slam tournament since Mark Knowles (1990-92) teamed with Daniel Nestor to win the 2004 U.S. Open.
Fans can follow Matkowski's progress at the official Australian Open website: www.ausopen.org