The Naples, Fla., native automatically earns All-America status in singles by way of his No. 3 seed in the singles field and No. 4 seed in the doubles tournament. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) designates the top-16 seeds of the singles championships and the top-eight seeds of the doubles championships as All-Americans, regardless of their performances at the NCAA championships. Thus, Martirosyan and Witten become first-time doubles All-Americans and UK's first All-American doubles duo since 1993, when Mahyar Goodarz and Michael Hopkinson scored All-America doubles selections with a No. 2 seed in the NCAA doubles championships.
Later this month, Witten will return to the scene of his memorable 2002 run to the NCAA singles finals when he competes in the singles championships once again at Texas A&M. As a freshman three seasons ago in College Station, Witten defeated five opponents, including a future NCAA champion, to become the second Wildcat to reach the NCAA men's singles finals. Witten fell to the defending champion, Georgia's Matias Boeker, in the final. Witten's tournament runs have been halted each of the past two seasons by Stanford's K.C. Corkery, who defeated Witten in the 2003 round of 32 and in the opening round a season ago.
About to close out his second and final season in Lexington, Martirosyan will make his first NCAA individual appearance. After spending two seasons at Loyola Marymount, Martirosyan has excelled as a Wildcat, compiling a 53-25 singles record. Martirosyan and Witten became a formidable doubles team in 2005, turning in a 14-6 doubles record, including a win over Georgia's top-ranked and top-seeded tandem of John Isner and Antonio Ruiz. Witten and Rahim Esmail were eliminated in the opening round of the NCAA doubles championships a season ago by Brown's Jamie Cerretani and Adil Shamadsin.
The NCAA singles championships will kick off on May 25 at Texas A&M, while the doubles championships will begin a day later.