BERKELEY – Seventeenth-ranked California opens the New Year and the dual-match season against San Francisco on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Channing Tennis Courts at 1:30 p.m.
Continued work on the Tennis Facility Upgrade Project (see below) necessitated that the match move from Cal’s usual home at the Hellman Tennis Complex to Channing.
The ITA is slated to release its next set of team rankings on Jan. 21. The ITA will release its next singles and doubles polls on Feb. 11.
Scouting the Bears
- Senior Campbell Johnson is ranked No. 74 in the ITA singles poll
- Johnson posted an 11-3 record in the fall, when he held a No. 41 ITA ranking
- Freshman Andre Goransson is ranked No. 85 in the ITA poll
- Goransson, the brother of former Cal women’s player Annie Goransson, compiled a 12-3 fall record
- Senior Ben McLachlan held a No. 27 ITA ranking in the fall
- McLachlan and sophomore Mads Engsted held a No. 41 ITA preseason doubles ranking
- Peter Wright (Cal ’91) is in his 21st year as head coach at his alma mater
Last Time Out
California bowed out of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 8, as Campbell Johnson lost in main draw singles and the pair of Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton fell in the doubles back draw at the USTA Billie Jean National King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Johnson fell in his round of 16 match to Illinois’ eighth-seeded and 17th-ranked Jared Hiltzik, 6-3, 6-0.
Melton and Bayane played the second-seeded and 32nd-ranked Ohio State duo of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka, and the Bears fell, 8-5.
Scouting the Dons
- USF junior Bernardo Saraiva held a No. 109 singles ranking in the fall
- The top-seeded pair of Saraiva and Nils Skajaa reached the doubles quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships last fall
- Pablo Pires de Almeida is in his first season as head coach at USF
Cal Breaks Ground on Hellman Upgrade Project
Cal hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its Tennis Facility Upgrade Project on Jan. 10 at the Hellman Tennis Complex. Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, lead donor Kent Newmark, women’s tennis head coach Amanda Augustus and men’s tennis head coach Peter Wright spoke to the assembled crowd. The four later donned hard hats and wielded ceremonial shovels to commemorate the occasion.
The scope of the project includes a series of improvements that will benefit the powerhouse men’s and women’s tennis teams as well as fans of both programs:
- New building housing men’s and women’s team locker rooms, restrooms and showers
- New public restrooms for fans
- New elevated seating extending from court No. 1 to court No. 6
- New team lounge/academic room
Local architecture firm ELS and general contracting firm Vila Construction – both of which have worked extensively on other projects on the Cal campus – will be teaming up on this eight-month project. Cal Athletics has received gifts and pledges to cover the cost of the renovation, and the tennis teams are continuing to raise funds for scholarships and branding efforts associated with the broader, $3.6 million campaign.
Some matches during the 2014 season may be moved to the Channing Courts on campus when construction could impact play. Fans should check CalBears.com for updates throughout the year.
Cal plays in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend from Jan. 24-25 at Pepperdine. The Bears will take on Alabama on the first day of the four-team event. The two losing teams will play each other in a consolation match at 10 a.m. on Jan. 25, while the two winning teams play in the championship match at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 25. The winner of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Berkeley will advance to play in the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship from Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas.