Tide Tennis Star Gets NCAA Award

Saketh Myneni was not only a star on the court for the Alabama's men's tennis team. He was also outstanding in the classroom. As a result the NCAA is rewarding him with a postgraduate scholarship.

Myneni is one of six Southeastern Conference athletes in spring sports awarded postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 by the NCAA. The NCAA awarded scholarships to 29 male and 29 female athletes nationwide in the sports of golf, lacrosse, tennis, track and field, baseball, softball, men's volleyball, women's rowing, and women's water polo.

Myneni, who came to Alabama from Andhra Pradesh, India, had a 3.805 grade point average in finance and economics. He was a third team Academic All-America and was recently named the Farnsworth/ITA Senior Player of the Year for the Southern Region, which was selected by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Myneni was also named to the All-SEC First Team for the second straight year, along with being named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's tennis. He was a finalist for the Paul W. Bryant Award, which is given to Alabama's top scholar-athlete, and was selected as the Crimson Tide's male nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Scholarship.

Myneni ended the 2010 season with a final singles ranking of No. 22 in the nation. He finished with 21 singles wins on the season, including winning 11 straight before falling in the Round of 32 in the 2010 NCAA Men's Singles Championships.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athletes chosen have showed dedication and effort while performing both on and off the field at a high level that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.

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