Jan. 9, 2007
Billy Martin's UCLA men's tennis team will start the 2007 season as the No. 4 ranked team in the nation as the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings were announced on Tuesday. Senior reigning NCAA Champion Benjamin Kohlloeffel leads the Bruins with a No. 5 national ranking.
Georgia will start the season off in the No. 1 spot, having earned 33 first-place votes. UCLA received one first-place vote, the only other team in the poll receiving No. 1 votes aside from Georgia. Ohio State enters the season at No. 2, followed by Baylor at No. 3, UCLA at No. 4 and Illinios at No. 5. The defending NCAA team champions, Pepperdine, enter the season in the No. 10 spot.
In singles rankings, Kohllhoeffel earned a No. 5 ranking after having won the individual title last season, while senior Chris Surapol ranks 27th.
Ohio State freshman Steven Moneke enters the season as the top-ranked singles player, while Georgia's John Isner and Luis Flores are the top-ranked doubles team.
The men's team will open up the 2007 season this weekend as they compete at two seperate tournaments - the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Indian Wells, CA and the Sherwood Tournament in Thousand Oaks, CA. They will then open up at home on Thursday, January 18 with a match against UC Irvine in the L.A. Tennis Center at 1:30 pm.