Alabama Tennis Star Gets Two Honors

Alabama senior tennis standout Saketh Myneni was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team for the second year in a row, the conference announced Thursday. In addition, he was honored with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

"I'm very proud to see Saketh once again honored for both his academic and athletic achievements," said Alabama Coach Billy Pate. "As I've said before, he exemplifies what we want to see in terms of student-athletes displaying a balance on and off the court. These are both well-deserved honors."

Myneni has been a staple at the No. 1 singles position for the Crimson Tide the last three seasons where he has beaten 22 nationally-ranked opponents. Throughout his career he has been ranked as high as 10th in the country in singles and 14th in the nation in doubles. His

No. 10 preseason ranking in singles this year ties both Francisco Rodriguez and John Stimpson for the highest singles ranking ever achieved by an Alabama student-athlete.

In 2009, Myneni became the first Tide netter in three seasons to earn a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player to Watch for the Southeast Region.

Myneni, currently ranked 21st in singles, has enjoyed a solid senior season earning SEC Player of the Week honors twice. He's won 16 singles matches in 2010, including seven against league foes. Myneni is in the midst of a nine-match winning streak dating back to March 21 when he retired against Vanderbilt. He is also responsible for clinching back-to-back conference wins for Alabama over LSU and Arkansas.

Myneni has been equally impressive in the classroom where he holds a 3.79 grade point average with a major in finance and economics. He was a finalist for the Paul W. Bryant Award, given annually to the Tide's top scholar-athlete, and was Alabama's male nominee for the prestigious H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship. Myneni was a 2009 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV At-Large Team member and a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and ITA Scholar-Athlete list. He's earned Dean's List honors in six semesters and been named to the President's List once.

Myneni, and the rest of the Tide, now await the NCAA Tennis Championship selection show that is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 4 at 4 p.m. CDT. Draws for the NCAA Singles Championship will be released on Wednesday, May 5.

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