Jan. 15, 2002
Georgia Opens New Year At SEC Indoor Championships In Lexington
After a break from competition, the Georgia Bulldogs will return to action this weekend at the SEC Coaches' Men's Indoor Championship held in Lexington. Play begins Thursday with finals to be held Sunday. The tournament will feature a 64-member singles draw and a 32-team doubles draw, including 7-8 singles players and four doubles teams from Georgia. Competition will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday and Friday with Saturday and Sunday start times yet to be announced.
Defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs Enter ITA Team Rankings at No. 1 The defending NCAA champion Georgia men were voted No. 1 in the preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association national team rankings for Division I released Jan. 8 by the ITA.
The Georgia men captured their second national title in three years last May, going 28-1, and enter this season with a 25-match win streak. Georgia received all 40 first-place votes for 1,875 points from the ITA National Men's Ranking Committee. Coach Diaz's Georgia squad returns four of six starters including NCAA singles and doubles champion Matias Boeker. The Bulldogs open dual play on Jan. 29 against Clemson in Athens, Ga.
Following Georgia in the men's top 10 are: Stanford, UCLA, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, SMU and Duke. Second-ranked Stanford has claimed a record 17 NCAA titles and No. 4 Tennessee reached last May's NCAA final.
The top teams in the country will be in action at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, which are the nation's premier indoor tennis tournaments and usually serve as a preview to the NCAA Championships in May. This is the only national team tournament that Georgia has never won. Either second-ranked Stanford (six titles) or No. 3 UCLA (six) have won the men's tournament each year since 1990. This year's men's tournament takes place in Louisville, Ky. Feb. 7-10.
New Kid On The Block
Stéphan Timu has joined the team this semester and will compete during the spring season with the Bulldogs. Timu, a 6-3, 195-lbs. freshman, comes to Athens from Laval, Quebec in Canada where he attended George-Vanier high school. It is too early to in the season to tell where Timu might play in the line-up, but he may make his Georgia debut against the Clemson Tigers Jan. 29 in Athens.