Coming Up:The No. 51 Arizona men’s tennis team (8-12, 2-10 Pac-10) hits the road again this weekend for the Pacific-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., from April 21-24.
Pac-10 Championships: The Pac-10’s eight men’s teams compete in Ojai, Calif., this Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24, to decide the leauge’s singles and doubles champions. The 32-player men’s singles draw will consist of four student student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team doubles draw will consist of two doubles teams from each school. A ranked singles player will represent each school this week, as the Pac-10 boasts 18 ranked singles players. In doubles, there are nine ranked teams from six different schools competing for the trophy.
Ojai History: The Ojai, as it is known in tennis circles, is the oldest amateur tennis tournament in the United States and has been interrupted only five times since its inception- in 1924 by hoof and mouth disease and four years during World War II. Pac-10 schools have competed in intercollegiate events in 92 of the Ojai 102 tournaments, beginning in 1911. Championship medals are awarded both in singles and doubles and the winner’s names are inscribed on permanent trophies displayed each year at the tournament. Last year’s singles winner was Stanford’s Sam Warburg, while UCLA’s Philipp Gruendler and Luben Pampoulov won the doubles competition.
Last Time Out: The Arizona men’s tennis team hosted No. 52 Arizona State last weekend. Arizona fell once again in the doubles point to the Sun Devils, losing the first two matches, before the last match was called since the doubles point had been decided. In singles play, the Wildcats came out of the gates firing, taking three of the first four singles matches, before eventually falling to the Sun Devils, 4-3. Saturday marked the final home match for senior Colin O’Grady, who has compiled an overall record of 58-51 in singles, and a 57-43 record in doubles, including a 36-20 record over the past two seasons with his current partner, junior Roger Matalonga.
Ranked Cats: Even with their loss last weekend, the Wildcats moved up three spots from last week’s poll to the No. 51 spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings. The Wildcats are 8-12 on the season.
Stacked Pac: Arizona is once again competing against several of the top programs in the nation this spring. All eight of the participating Pac-10 schools were ranked in the preseason polls. In this week’s poll, here’s how the Pac-10 schools rank: UCLA No. 6, Washington No. 13, USC No.16, Stanford No. 21, California No. 22, Arizona State No. 46, Arizona No. 51 and Oregon No. 68.