BERKELEY – Nineteenth-ranked California closes out the regular season with three consecutive home matches, including battles with Oregon on Friday and Washington on Saturday at the Hellman Tennis Complex. In and around Saturday’s match with the Huskies, the Golden Bears will celebrate Jim McManus Legends Day, honoring the late Cal star as well as other former Golden Bear standouts.
Cal brings a 12-5 overall record and 2-2 Pac-12 mark into Friday’s 1:30 p.m. match with the Ducks (15-4, 1-3 Pac-12). The Bears host the Huskies (10-10, 1-3 Pac-12) at 1 p.m. the next day.
Cal Hosts Jim McManus Legends Day
Prior to the start of the match against Washington, the Bears will celebrate the life and career of late Cal star Jim McManus.
McManus passed away after a two-year battle with cancer on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. A member of both the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame and the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame, McManus was one of the founding fathers of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). A week before he passed away McManus talked dearly about his love of Cal, his contributions to tennis worldwide, and the book he had then recently published, Tennis History: Professional Tournaments - Winners and Runners Up. McManus, 70 when he passed away, was in the tennis arena for more than 50 years as a player, an administrator and fan of the game.
As a founding member, and member of the original Board of Directors at the ATP in 1972, McManus spent 28 years as an employee with the ATP Tour working in various departments: the ranking system, tournament representation and development, pension plan, player entry department, Senior Tour and alumni services. At Cal, he attained All-America honors in tennis by reaching the 1961 NCAA doubles championship and was an All-American in 1963 as well. Before the advent of the ATP rankings, he was twice ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. singles and was twice No. 2 in doubles (with Bill Hoogs in 1963 and Jim Osborne in 1969). He reached the 1968 U.S. Open semifinals with Osborne.
A native of Northern California, Jim's interest in playing tennis came from his parents. He learned the game at the Berkeley Tennis Club from a series of coaches, the most prominent of whom was Tom Stow, who taught 1938 Grand Slam champion Don Budge. McManus is survived by his wife, Carole, of 30 years, and their two children, Kate and Jordy.
USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day and Cal Day on Saturday
Saturday will be a busy day in Berkeley, as it is also Cal Day along with USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day. As part of USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day, the Golden Bears will host activities at the Channing Tennis Courts from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Campus Kids Days are great opportunities to expose more junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis varsity team matches. Participants can check out the team, check out the campus and take in the added activities that the coaches have planned for Campus Kids' Day.
If you plan on attending Campus Kids Day on Saturday, please register here.
Many of the Northern California collegiate campus' participate in USTA Campus Kids' Days. NCAA rules prohibit high school students (grades 9-12) from participating in the extra Kids Day activities, but they can certainly come enjoy the tennis match.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Opportunities to get out on the courts, watch exhibition matches, listen to the coaches talk strategy, contests, raffles, prizes and more! And everything is free!
As part of Cal Day, the University welcomes the public to take part in 300 events – including tours, lectures, music and dance performances, and much more – from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on campus. For more information on Cal Day 2014, please visit the official webpage.
Cal dropped down one spot in the ITA team poll that came out on Tuesday. There are two Bears ranked in the ITA singles poll and one Cal duo ranked in the ITA doubles poll (see below).
Scouting the Bears
Senior Ben McLachlan, who has a singles record of 5-6, is Cal’s highest ranked singles player at No. 69
Senior Campbell Johnson (17-10) is ranked 110th
Juniors Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton are ranked No. 19 in doubles; the tandem has a 16-3 overall record
Bayane earned the Pac-12 Player of the Week honor on Jan. 28 after winning two singles and two doubles matches when Cal played in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Pepperdine
Two proud Cal alumni lead the Golden Bears: Peter Wright (class of ’91) is in his 21st year as head coach, while associate head coach Tyler Browne (class of 2008) is in his sixth year on the staff
Scouting the Ducks
Oregon split its last two matches, losing at Utah, 4-2, on April 4, and winning at Arizona, 4-1, on April 5
Robin Cambier is ranked 59th in singles
Nils Schyllander is in his eighth season as head coach of Oregon
Scouting the Huskies
UW plays at No. 43 Stanford on Friday
The Huskies split their last two matches, winning at Arizona on April 4, 4-2, and losing at Utah, 4-2, on April 6
Emmett Egger is ranked 114th in singles
Matt Anger is in his 20th season as UW’s head coach
Eighteenth-ranked Cal completed a difficult trip to Southern California with a 4-0 loss at second-ranked USC on April 5 at Marks Stadium. The Golden Bears’ record fell to 12-5 and 2-2 in the Pac-12, while USC improved to 22-2 and 4-0 in the Pac-12.
In doubles, the Cal pair of senior Ben McLachlan and freshman Andre Goransson opened with an 8-3 loss to Nick Crystal/Roberto Quiroz on court two. The Trojans clinched the doubles point when Cal freshman Filip Bergevi and sophomore Mads Engsted lost to Max de Vroome/Eric Johnson, 8-6, on court three.
Cal trailed 2-0 when 89th-ranked senior Campbell Johnson lost to No. 3 Ray Sarmiento, 6-0, 6-1, on court two. Junior Gregory Bayane also lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, on court five to Johnson, and then Bergevi fell to the 56th-ranked Quiroz, 7-5, 6-4, to give USC the 4-0 victory.
One day prior, Cal lost at No. 3 UCLA, 4-1.
Cal closes out the regular season at home against No. 43 Stanford in the Big Slam on April 19.