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Stanford men well-represented at ITA Hall of Fame induction

 

The Stanford tennis program will be well-represented when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) inducts seven new members into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame during the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships on Wednesday on the Stanford University campus.

The Class of 2011 consists of one coach and six players, four of whom played varsity collegiate tennis at Stanford. The former Cardinal players are Scott Davis, Jim Grabb, Gene Mayer and Jonathan Stark.

Players are eligible for election to the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame 15 years after their last collegiate match and coaches are eligible following retirement. The main criteria for election are college accomplishments as well as honors earned after college. College tennis legend Dan Magill serves as curator for the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, which is housed at the University of Georgia.

The Enshrinement Banquet will take place at McCall Hall in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center.

The players:

Simon Aspelin (Pepperdine) -- Four-time ITA All-American (1994-97) . . . US Open Doubles Champion (2007) . . . Silver medal-winner in doubles at 2008 Olympics.

Scott Davis (Stanford) -- US Davis Cup team member (1980-1991) . . . Australian Open Doubles Champion (1991) . . . Ranked as high as No. 11 in the world in singles (1985) . . . Ranked a high of No. 2 in the world in doubles (1991).

Marcel Freeman (UCLA) -- Member of two NCAA team championship squads (1979, 1982) . . . Four-time ITA All-American (1979-1982) . . . Ranked No. 1 in final ITA Rankings during his senior year (1982) . . . Named ITA Player of the Year (1982).

Jim Grabb (Stanford) -- Three-time ITA All-American (1984-86) . . . Helped lead Stanford to NCAA team championship (1986) . . . ITA Rafael Usuna Award Winner (1986) . . . French Open Doubles Champion (1992) . . . US Open Doubles Champion (1992) . . . US Davis Cup member (1993) . . . Twice ranked the World No. 1 doubles player (1989 and in 1993).

Gene Mayer (Stanford) -- ITA All-American (1979) . . . French Open Doubles Champion (1978-79) . . . US Davis Cup team member (1982-83) . . . Ranked No. 1 in the world in Doubles (1994) . . . Ranked a high of No. 4 in the world in singles (1980) . . . Ranked a high of No. 7 in the world in doubles (1980).

Jonathan Stark (Stanford) -- Two-time ITA All-American (1990-91) . . . French Open Doubles Champion (1994) . . . US Open Mixed Doubles Champion (1995) . . . US Davis Cup team member (1994-95, 1997) . . . Ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles (1994).

The coach:

Tim Cass (New Mexico/Texas A&M) -- Head Coach at the University of New Mexico (1991-98) . . . Won five straight Western Athletic Conference (WAC) team titles . . . Guided the Lobos to a school best No. 6 ITA Ranking (1995) . . . Head Coach at Texas A&M University (1997-2006) . . . Won three Big 12 Conference Championships . . . Currently serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at New Mexico.

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