Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tide’s Myneni is ITA Region Player to Watch

TUSCALOOSA University of Alabama junior Saketh Myneni was named the Southeast Region Player to Watch by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Myneni and the other seven region winners form the pool from which the ITA National Player to Watch will be selected. That award will be announced later this month.

“This is another great honor for Saketh,” head coach Billy Pate said.

“Undoubtedly, he is still improving and getting better each day, so it’s very appropriate he is recognized as a player who could break through even more next year.”

Myneni is an All-SEC First Team selection finishing the regular dual-match season with a singles record of 15-7 and 17-8 mark in doubles. He is ranked 22nd in the nation in singles and reached as high as No. 14 on the doubles charts with senior partner Billy Mertz.

Myneni has defeated 10 nationally ranked opponents this season, including three in the top 10. Fourteen of his 15 dual-match wins have come in straight sets.

“Winning the award for our region may be the toughest,” added Pate.

“He should be an excellent candidate for the national award.”
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