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Dennis Novikov
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Dennis Novikov 1263799
Height: 6'3"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
High School: Kaplan College Prep
Summer 2012
Captured the singles and doubles titles at the USTA Boys' 18s National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. ... Defeated Alexios Halebian, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the singles final ... Teamed with Michael Redlicki to win the doubles title, defeating Mackenzie McDonald and Trey Strobel, 7-6(3), 6-1 ... As a result of the Kalamazoo victories, earned wild cards into the main draws of both singles and doubles at the 2012 U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y. ... Reached the second round in both singles and doubles (w/Redlicki) at the U.S. Open ... Defeated downed Poland's Jerzy Janowicz, 6-2 7-6(6) 3-6 6-3 in his Grand Slam singles debut ... Lost in the second round of singles to Julien Benneteau, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(1), 7-5 ... Teamed with Redlicki to down the USA's Bobby Reynolds and Michael Russell, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7) in the first round ... Fell to 12th-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil 6-1 7-5 in the next round.

Did not compete in the fall ... Joined the team in March of 2012 ... First UCLA competition was on March 27 against LMU ... Defeated Nicholas Bjerke, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles spot in his first college match ... Also won in doubles ... Posted a 10-5 overall singles record on the year ... Was 3-3 against ranked opponents ... Played all but one match at the No. 3 singles spot ... Ended the season ranked No. 98 nationally in singles ... Owned an 11-2 record in doubles play, teaming mostly with Nick Meister at the No. 2 spot ... The duo finished the season ranked No. 40 nationally.

High School/Juniors
Played in all four of the junior Grand Slams ... Quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open Junior Championships in 2010 ... Attained a career-high combined ITF junior ranking of No. 30 in the world in January of 2011 ... Listed as the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2011 according to TennisRecruiting.net ... Quarterfinalist at the 2011 USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., falling to top-seeded Marcos Giron ... Focused mainly on playing professional-level tournaments on the ITF Futures Circuit prior to arriving at UCLA ... Teamed with former UCLA player Daniel Kosakowski to claim the doubles title at a 10k event in Weston, Fla. in January of 2012 ... Captured a pre-qualifying tournament to earn a wild card into the qualifying draw of the 2012 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. ... Also won a pre-qualifying tournament to earn a spot in the SAP Open qualifying draw.

Born on November 6, 1993 in Moscow, Russia ... Parents are Vladimir and Irene ... Older brother is Nikolai ... Played junior hockey for six years ... Enjoys going to the movies, playing basketball and reading in his spare time.

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