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Round-up of UCLA Tennis Alumni in the Pro's in 2010

Bumped. GO BRUINS. -N

After all of the talk regarding contributing productively to BN, I kinda feel inspired to at least make an attempt to do so.  And since I know there are plenty of people who know way more about football (especially UCLA football) than I do, and since the US Open just wrapped up (congrats to Nadal on his Career Grand Slam), I thought I'd check out our tennis teams and see how they've been doing in 2010.

For relatively new BN peeps like me, here's a background on UCLA Tennis.

Ladies first, of course:

Women's tennis won its first NCAA championship in the sport for UCLA in 2008, led by the play of NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player, Riza Zalameda.  The team has been coached for the last 14 years by Stella Sampras Webster, who as many know is the older sister of the great Pete Sampras.  Although, UCLA Women's Tennis recently won its first (hopefully of many) NCAA championship, it has been on the cusp for a while, finishing in the Top 5 nationally on many occasions (1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008).

As for the Men:

The UCLA Men's tennis program has produced a staggering 16 NCAA Championships (second only to our great Men's Volleyball team with 19 Championships) in providing a large chunk of the hardware that has led us to be #1 in NCAA Championships.  Our most renowned players include Jimmy Connors, who won 8 Singles Grand Slam titles and 2 Doubles Grand Slam titles in his career, and Arthur Ashe, the first African-American to represent the US team in the Davis Cup, one of the founding members of the ATP, and who won 3 Singles Grand Slam titles and 2 Doubles Grand Slam titles.  Our most recent Men's Tennis championship was in 2005.

Now for the 2010 update on our former alumni who were at the US Open after the jump.

This info was what I could compile from a combination of the UCLA Athletics, the ATP and the WTA websites.

Women's Tennis Alumni:

 

                                             Country               Singles/Doubles   Current Ranking     Highest Ranking     Years at UCLA

Abigail Spears

USA

Singles

Doubles

251

49

66

40

1999-2000

US Open:  Lost in the Round of 64 (Doubles)

 

Riza Zalameda

USA

Doubles

89

76

2004-2007

US Open:  Lost in the Round of 64

 

And for the Men's Tennis Alumni:

                                             Country               Singles/Doubles   Current Ranking     Highest Ranking     Years at UCLA

Marcin Matkowski

Poland

Doubles

11

11

2001-2003

US Open: Lost to #1 ranked team in Quarterfinals

Earlier this year: Made it to Quarterfinals in Australian Open and Round of 32 in Wimbledon and Australian Open

 

Mark Knowles

Bahamas

Doubles

27

1

1990-1992

US Open: Lost to #1 ranked team in Round of 16

Earlier this year: Made it to Round of 32 in French Open

 

Jean-Julien Rojer

Netherlands

Doubles

57

32

1999-2002

US Open: Lost to #3 ranked team in Round of 64

Earlier this year: Made it to Round of 16 in Australian Open

 

Travis Rettenmaier

USA

Doubles

72

57

1999-2002?

US Open: Lost in Round of 64

Earlier this year: Made it to Round of 32 in Wimbledon and Round of 16 in French Open

 

Kevin Kim

USA

Singles

161

63

1996-1997

US Open: Lost in 3rd Qualifying Round

Earlier this year: Made it to 2nd Qualifying Round of Wimbledon, French Open, and Australian Open

 

In regards to our current UCLA tennis programs, both the Men's and Women's seasons start January 2011.  In the meantime, per the official site, congratulations are in order as several of our players have been selected to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships, which will be held Oct 2-10.  The Women's will take place locally at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.  The Men's event will be at the University of Tulsa.  Here's the link to the official site.

Anyways, I tried to make the info as informative and concise as possible.  I've appreciated the updates regarding our UCLA players in other pro sports in the past.  So, I thought it'd be nice to see what UCLA tennis players are doing.  Hope it helps! 

And, of course, especially as its my first fanpost, I would appreciate any formatting help that a BN moderator feels necessary. 

ps. I did also read the BN: 101 posted in the archives from earlier this year and found it amusing that one line states...

But if you're new and if you haven't made a FanPost before, your FanPost on tennis probably isn't going to be received very well.

but I am hoping that this is a worthy enough contribution regarding UCLA athletics to be accepted.  Thanks for your patience!

(And now that I've finally finished this...  I can get back to reading all the great UCLA football posts!)

(I can also better appreciate all the time everyone puts in to doing all of the frontpage and fanposts... so thank you again!)

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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