May 23, 2011
Stanford, Calif. - Former UCLA men's tennis player Marcel Freeman will be inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame during a ceremony on May 25 at Stanford University, it was announced on Monday.
Freeman, who was a four-time All-American at UCLA from 1979-82, helped the Bruins to a pair of NCAA Championships in 1979 and 1982. As a senior in 1982, Freeman played No. 1 singles for the Bruins, compiling an overall record of 34-12. He was named the ITA National Player of the Year at the end of the season.
The Enshrinement Banquet will take place at McCall Hall in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Players are eligible for election to the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame 15 years after their last collegiate match and coaches are eligible following retirement. The main criteria for election are college accomplishments as well as honors earned after college. College tennis legend Dan Magill serves as curator for the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, which is housed at the University of Georgia.
ITA 2011 Hall of Fame Class
Simon Aspelin (Pepperdine) - Four-time ITA All-American (1994-97)...US Open Doubles Champion (2007)...Silver medal winner in doubles at 2008 Olympics.
Scott Davis (Stanford) - US Davis Cup team member (1980-1991)...Australian Open Doubles Champion (1991)...Ranked a high of No. 11 in the world in singles (1985)...Ranked a high of No. 2 in the world in doubles (1991).
Marcel Freeman (UCLA) - Member of two NCAA National Team Champion squads (1979, 1982)...Four-time ITA All-American (1979-1982)...Ranked No. 1 in final ITA Rankings during his senior year (1982)...Named ITA Player of the Year (1982).
Jim Grabb (Stanford) - Three-time ITA All-American (1984-86)...Helped lead Stanford to NCAA National Team Championship (1986)...ITA Rafael Usuna Award Winner (1986)...French Open Doubles Champion (1992)...US Open Doubles Champion (1992)...US Davis Cup member (1993)...Twice ranked the World No. 1 doubles player (1989 and in 1993).
Gene Mayer (Stanford) - ITA All-American (1979)...French Open Doubles Champion (1978-79)...US Davis Cup team member (1982-83)...Ranked No. 1 in the world in Doubles (1994)...Ranked a high of No. 4 in the world in singles (1980)...Ranked a high of No. 7 in the world in doubles (1980).
Jonathan Stark (Stanford) - Two-time ITA All-American (1990-91)...French Open Doubles Champion (1994)...US Open Mixed Doubles Champion (1995)...US Davis Cup team member (1994-95, 1997)...Ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles (1994).
Tim Cass (New Mexico/Texas A&M) - Head Coach at the University of New Mexico (1991-98)...Won five straight Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team titles...Guided the Lobos to a school best No. 6 ITA Ranking (1995)...Head Coach at Texas A&M University (1997-2006)...Won three Big 12 Conference Championships...Currently serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at New Mexico.
The ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, which includes over 2,000 rare photos, was inaugurated in 1983 and has inducted more than 200 players, coaches and contributors. Members include the late Arthur Ashe (UCLA), Jimmy Connors (UCLA), John McEnroe (Stanford) and Stan Smith (Southern California). The ITA Women's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame is located at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. For a complete list of the Hall of Fame Inductees, please visit www.itatennis.com.