Bobby Reynolds will turn pro

Vanderbilt's Bobby Reynolds, the 2003 SEC Player of the Year and the top-ranked collegiate tennis player in the country through much of last season, has decided to bypass his senior season and turn pro, the <i>Tennessean</i> newspaper reported Tuesday.

Vanderbilt's Bobby Reynolds, the 2003 SEC Player of the Year and the top-ranked collegiate tennis player in the country through much of last season, has decided to bypass his senior season and turn pro, the Tennessean newspaper reported Tuesday.

Reynolds had told an Atlanta newspaper he was "90% sure" he would stay at Vanderbilt for his senior season in May at the NCAA Championships. But the rising senior from Acworth, Ga. informed Commodore head coach Ken Flach of his decision Monday, according to the Tennessean.

Reynolds, the Commodores' top-seeded player from Acworth, Ga., led his team to an SEC Tournament championship and an unprecedented appearance in the NCAA championship match. In a storybook season for the Vanderbilt men's tennis team, Reynolds compiled a 46-7 overall record and a 25-1 dual match mark. In the NCAA singles championships, Reynolds advanced to the round of 16 before being upset by Alex Vlaski of Washington.

Reynolds won the ITA Player of the Month award in January, March and April. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

Vanderbilt will return the other five starting members of its starting six, including Chad Harris, a rising senior from Aurora, Colo., who is ranked No. 10 nationally. The Commodores finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally after falling to No. 1 Illinois in the NCAA championship match May 20.


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