Jean-Noel Grinda
Jean-Noel Grinda

Player Profile

Nice, France

High School:
Parc Imperial HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 180


Overview — Team co-captain ... Very experienced player ... Has a professional type of game ... Big lefty serve with good groundstrokes and naturally big forehand ... Working to improve backhand ... Has improved volleying game every season ... Great leader on and off the court ... Expected to play high in the lineup in both singles and doubles.

Fall 2000 — Ranked No. 12 in singles and No. 7 in doubles with Jean-Julien Rojer in preseason ITA Rankings released on September 11 ... Participated in the Southern California Championships ...Seeded No. 2 for the ITA Regional Tournament ... Reached the finals of the ITA Regional where he lost to No. 1 seed Andrew Park of USC ... In doubles play, teamed with Rojer to post a 5-1 record ... Defeated UCLA teammates Djahangiri and Rettenamaier 9-8 (5) in the ITA Regional Final ... The pair's only defeat occurred in the first round of the Southern California Championships, a 9-8 setback to Exon and Suter of Pepperdine.

1999-2000 — Ranked No. 47 in singles and No. 23 in doubles with Jean-Julien Rojer in the final ITA Rankings ... First-team All-Pac-10 Conference selection ... Finished the season with a 16-4 overall singles record and a 13-2 mark in dual match action ... Played primarily in the No. 3 position ... Ranked No. 3 in the preseason ...?Did not compete in singles in the early part of the season due to shoulder and back injuries ...?Returned to singles action on Feb. 1, falling to Pepperdine's Sebastien Graeff, 6-4, 7-5 ...?Defeated No. 52 Robert Kowalczyk of California, 6-1, 6-2 on April 21 ...?Defeated Stanford's No. 13 K.J. Hippensteel, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 on April 22 ...?Returned to the ITA singles poll on April 26, earning a No. 75 ranking ...?Reached the Pac-10 Championships quarterfinals before falling to No. 8 Geoff Abrams of Stanford, 7-5, 6-3 ... Posted two singles wins at the NCAA Regionals, defeating UMKC's Angelo Vasilescu and Notre Dame's Matt Daly ... Owned a 24-3 overall doubles record, including a 21-2 overall record and a 21-1 record in dual matches with Rojer at the No. 2 position ...?Tandem posted an 11-match win streak from Jan. 26- March 29 before falling to Stanford's No. 41 Gottesleben and Langre on March 31 ... Duo fell, 9-8(5), in the first round of the Pac-10 Championships to Oregon's Carter and Eisinga ...?Team went 2-0 at the NCAA Regionals, playing in the top position ... Tandem defeated Blue and Crowell 8-5 in NCAA Round of 16 against Texas ... In singles play, defeated Crowell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 ... Teamed with Rojer to defeat Fitzpatrick and Podbury of Tennessee, 8-6 in NCAA quarterfinals.

Fall 1999 — Opened the year listed at No. 3 in both preseason singles and doubles ... Did not compete in fall tournaments due to shoulder injury.

1998-99 — Earned All-America honors in singles and doubles ... Received first-team All-Pac-10 Conference accolades ...?UCLA's No. 1 singles and doubles player all season ... Finished the season with a No. 6 national ranking in singles with a 28-9 overall record and a 21-6 dual match record ... He and Brandon Kramer owned the team's most singles dual victories in a season with 21 ... Longest win streak was 10 matches from Feb. 19-April 9 ... Opened the year listed No. 10 in preseason but did not compete in enough collegiate matches in the fall to maintain his ITA national ranking ... Listed No. 6 in regional rankings entering the spring ... Highest national ranking was No. 4 in the spring ... Played in two ATP challenger events, reaching the finals at the Mission Hills Open ... Posted a 2-1 record to reach the round of 16 at the All-American Championships... Defeated UNLV's No. 27 Asaf Tishler in the second round before falling to Jack Brasington of Texas who was No. 7 in the rankings after the fall ... Captured the singles title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic (NCTC) ... Defeated USC's Roman Kukal in straight sets in the NCTC finals ... Defeated No. 7 Oliver Freelove of Illinois at the National Indoor Team Championships (NITC), helping the Bruins to secure their sixth NITC title ... Competed in both singles and doubles NCAA individual Championships ... Competed in the first round in singles and reached the round of 16 in doubles ... Paired with three doubles partners, finishing the season with a 19-7 dual match record and a 27-10 overall record ... Played and won one dual match each with Zack Fleishman and Chris Sands ... Primary partner was Jong-Min Lee, with whom he posted a 17-7 dual match record and 25-10 overall record in the No. 1 and No. 2 slots ... Duo claimed the Pac-10 Championships doubles crown in Ojai, defeating No. 7 teammates Jason Cook and Brandon Kramer in the finals ... Duo advanced to the second round of the NCAA Doubles Championships, falling to eventual champions Wolters and Hippensteel, and claimed All-America honors ... Ended the season ranked No. 7 nationally in doubles with Lee.

1997-98 — Earned All-America honors in singles and doubles ... Competed in both NCAA individual championships, reaching the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles ... UCLA's No. 1 singles and doubles player all season ... Finished year ranked No. 24 in national rankings with a 30-13 overall and 15-7 dual match record ... Earned First Team All Pac-10 Conference honors ... Made immediate impact on the collegiate scene rising from No. 50 in the ITA preseason national rankings to No. 6 in the fall edition after posting a 12-2 singles record in fall action ... Started collegiate career by reaching the semifinals of the All-American Championships before succumbing to UCLA teammate Vince Allegre in a three-setter ... Defeated No. 29 Tripp Phillips, No. 30 Doug Root, No. 56 Mike Bryan and No. 57 Michael Mather before meeting Allegre ... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the Rolex So. Calif. Regional, where he lost to Pepperdine's Brad Sceney ... Won the title at the So. Calif. Intercollegiate Championships (SCIC) ... Avenged earlier loss by defeating Allegre in straight sets in the SCIC finals ... Also defeated No. 32 Patrick Gottesleben of USC in the round of 32 ... Longest win streak was 10 matches spanning the SCIC tournament and the first five dual matches of the year ... Registered the most doubles wins on team, going 29-12 with four partners ... Opened the season paired with Alex Decret and went 2-1 in qualifying at the All-American Championships ... Teamed with Vince Allegre to claim runner-up finish at the Rolex Regional with a 4-1 record ... Also played two dual matches with Chris Sands ... Primary partner was Matt Breen, with whom he posted a 14-6 dual match record in the No. 1 slot and went 21-9 overall ... Duo advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships at Ojai and claimed All-America honors by reaching the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships and finishing the year ranked No. 22 by the ITA.

High School/Juniors — Named the most improved player in France at age 16 ... Received several selections to the French Junior National Team ...?Helped his team qualify for the semifinal of the French Championships in front of a home crowd, fighting back from a 3-6, 0-4 deficit to win 7-6 in the third while fending off one match point in the decisive set.

Personal — Full name is Jean-Noel Grinda, Jr. ... Born April 20, 1976 in Nice, France ... Enjoys playing soccer and backgammon ...Father, Jean-Noel, Sr., was the 1977 World Backgammon Champion and also played on the French Davis Cup Tennis Team for several years ... Uncle Olivier received a Masters in Business Economics at UCLA ... Major is Economics.

Grinda's Career Singles

Fall 2000 6-16-1

Grinda's Career Doubles

Fall 2000 5-15-1