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  Rodrigo Grilli
Rodrigo Grilli

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Last College:
College of the Desert

Height:
5-10

Hand:
Right

Fall 2002 —?Ranked No. 16 in the Fall ITA Singles Rankings …?Did not compete in the fall due to injury.

2002 — First-team All-Pac-10 selection …?Pac-10 singles champion …?Defeated Washington’s Alex Vlaski in the Pac-10 Championship final, 6-4, 6-3 …?Finished the year with a 30-4 overall singles record, including a 19-3 mark in dual-match play …?Made an immediate impact after transferring from College of the Desert in January …?Won his first 11 matches as a Bruin …?Captured the singles title in his first tournament, the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Las Vegas …?Defeated No. 49 David Martin of Stanford in the final …?Posted an impressive 11-3 record against ranked players …?Teamed with Alberto Francis in doubles, posting a 13-4 overall record …?The duo won all three of its matches at the National Team Indoors and advanced to the semifinals at the Pac-10 Invitational …?Also saw time with Erfan Djahangiri and Lassi Ketola …?Did not compete for UCLA in the fall while finishing up classes at COD.

College of the Desert — Played for former UCLA standout Marcin Rozpedski at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA … Two-time California Community College state doubles champion …?Reached the state singles final in 2000 and won it in 2001 … Helped College of the Desert capture two state team championships in 2000 and 2001 …?Recipient of the Ted A. Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year Award in 2001 …?Two-time California Community College singles and doubles All-American …?Ranked No. 1 in the state doubles rankings in 2000 with partner Juan Cerda …?Also ranked tied for No. 1 with Cerda in singles … Ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles (w/ Carlos Palencia) again in 2001 …?Finished 2000 with a 23-1 overall singles record …?Went undefeated in 2001, posting a perfect 24-0 mark …?Captured the singles title at the 2000 Rolex National Championships …?Earned ATP points playing in the main doubles draw at the Hamlet Cup in Long Island, NY in 2000 and 2001 …?Teamed with Cerda, falling 6-4, 7-5 in the first round to the former world No. 1 team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes in 2000 …?Fell to the team of Jonathan Stark/Kevin Ullyett in the first round in 2001.

High School/Juniors — Former No. 1 ranked junior player in Brazil …?Six-time state champion and two-time national champion …?No. 3 ranked player in South America …?Practice player on the Brazilian Davis Cup team with world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten …?Also played soccer … Won two state championships and was named the “Best Forward” in Sao Paulo.

Personal —?Full name is Rodrigo Antonio Grilli …?Born December 20, 1979 in Sao Paulo, Brazil …?Parents are Roberto and Concetta Pappalardo Grilli …?Has one sister, Roberta …?Enjoys surfing and playing soccer …?Admires Pete Sampras and Gustavo Kuerten …?Majoring in international development studies.


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