Florida Gators men's tennis

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Florida Gators men's tennis
Florida Gators men's tennis athletic logo

University University of Florida
Conference SEC
Location Gainesville, FL
Head Coach Bryan Shelton (1st year)
Stadium Linder Stadium
Nickname Florida Gators
Colors Orange and Blue

             

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Conference Tournament Champions
1994, 2000, 2005, 2011
Conference Regular Season Champions
1961, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2005
Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, location of the home courts of the Florida Gators men's tennis team.

The Florida Gators men's tennis team represents the University of Florida in the sport of tennis. The Gators compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team hosts its home matches in Linder Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and will be led by new head coach Bryan Shelton in 2012–13. In the eighty-year history of the Gators men's tennis program, the Gators have won eight SEC team championships, two NCAA singles championships and one NCAA doubles championship.

Team history[edit]

The Florida Gators men's tennis team was started by head coach Dennis K. "Dutch" Stanley in 1932. In eight years leading the Gators' tennis program, Stanley compiled a team win-loss record of 54–12 (.818), still the best coaching record in the history of the program as measured by winning percentage. Stanley, who also served as the head coach of the Gators football and track teams, left the university in 1940, but later returned as the first dean of its College of Health and Human Performance.

The Gators have won eight Southeastern Conference team championships (1961, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2005).

They Gators men's tennis team has never won an NCAA national team championship, but advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals in 2000 and 2005. In individual match play, Gators Mark Merklein and David Blair claimed the NCAA doubles championships in 1993. Merklein won the NCAA singles championship in 1994, losing just one set while defeating six tournament opponents. Gator Jeff Morrison claimed the NCAA singles championship in 1999, also losing only a single set on the way to the title.

Year-by-year results[edit]

The Florida Gators overall record is 1,079-440 through the 2007-2008 season.[1]

Season Overall Record SEC Record National SEC Season SEC Tournament
1931-32 4-0 - - - -
1932-33 4-0 - - - -
1933-34 5-2 - - - -
1934-35 4-5 - - - -
1935-36 8-1 - - - -
1936-37 6-0 - - - -
1937-38 6-0 - - - -
1938-39 6-0 - - - -
1939-40 11-4 - - - -
1940-41 10-2-1 - - - -
1946-47 3-5-1 - - 3rd -
1947-48 9-6 - - - -
1948-49 14-5-1 - - 4th -
1949-50 21-1 - - 1st -
1950-51 16-7 - - 4th -
1951-52 13-4 - - - -
1952-53 15-3 - - T2nd -
1953-54 14-3-1 - - 4th -
1954-55 16-1 - - 2nd -
1955-56 15-3 - - 3rd -
1956-57 18-3 - - 3rd -
1957-58 12-7 - - 6th -
1958-59 9-9 - - 5th -
1959-60 18-2 - - 3rd -
1960-61 20-1 - - T10th -
1961-62 15-5 - - T3rd -
1962-63 11-4 - 18th 5th -
1963-64 11-4 - - 6th -
1964-65 9-9 - - 5th -
1965-66 18-14 - - 5th -
1966-67 19-1-1 - 5th 1st -
1967-68 23-1 - 6th 1st -
1968-69 19-1-1 - 6th 1st -
1969-70 14-8 - - 4th -
1970-71 11-12 - - 4th -
1971-72 13-11 - 18th 5th -
1972-73 20-6 - 22nd 3rd -
1973-74 20-3 - T13th 5th -
1974-75 25-2 - T8th T1st -
1975-76 18-2 - 16th 3rd -
1976-77 21-3 - - 4th -
1977-78 22-4 - - 5th -
1978-79 17-9 - - T5th -
1979-80 15-9-1 - - 6th -
1980-81 23-6 - - 5th -
1981-82 20-7 - - T3rd -
1982-83 14-10 - - T8th -
1983-84 17-10 - - T6th -
1984-85 16-11 - - 5th -
1985-86 19-10 - - T7th -
1986-87 16-8 - - 4th -
1987-88 3-20 - - T6th -
1988-89 14-11 - - 9th -
1989-90 17-9 - - 7th -
1990-91 19-8 - T5th T3rd -
1991-92 15-11 - T9th 5th -
1992-93 16-12 - T9th 5th -
1993-94 19-7 - T9th 1st -
1994-95 18-11 - T9th 5th -
1995-96 16-9 - T17th 5th -
1996-97 31-1 - T9th 5th -
1997-98 27-0 - T25th T6th -
1998-99 31-2 - T5th T3rd -
1999–2000 25-3 - T3rd 1st -
2000-01 9-17 - T10th 3rd -
2001-02 18-7 - T9th T3rd -
2002-03 25-5 - T5th 1st -
2003-04 18-7 - T9th 2nd -
2004-05 24-6 - T3rd T1st -
2005-06 17-8 - T9th T2nd -
2006-07 15-8 - T9th T3rd -
2007-08 17-8 8-3 - - 2nd
2008-09 6-3 0-0 - - -

All-Americans[edit]

Twenty-one members of the Florida Gators men's tennis team have earned forty-five All-American honors.[2]

  • Sekou Bangoura – Doubles (2011)
  • Antoine Benneteau – Doubles (2010)
  • David Blair – Doubles (1993)
  • Chris Brandi – Doubles (2004)
  • Dyllan Fitzgerald – Doubles (1994)
  • Damon Henkel – Singles (1994, 1995, 1996)
  • Janne Holmia – Singles (2003)
  • Alexndre Lacroix – Singles (2010, 2011), Doubles (2010, 2011)
  • Jesse Levine – Singles (2007), Doubles (2007)
  • Mark Merklein – Singles (1993, 1994), Doubles (1993, 1994)
  • Hamid Mirzadeh – Singles (2003, 2004, 2005), Doubles (2004, 2005)
  • Jeff Morrison – Singles (1999, 2000), Doubles (1999, 2000)
  • Armistead Neely – Doubles (1968), Singles (1969)
  • Justin O'Neal – Singles (1997, 1999, 2000)
  • Greg Ouellette – Singles (2005, 2007), Doubles (2005, 2007)
  • Nathan Overholser – Singles (1999, 2000), Doubles (2000)
  • Stephane Piro – Doubles (2013)
  • Jamie Pressly – Singles (1969)
  • Jim Shaffer – Singles (1961)
  • Bill Tym – Singles (1963)
  • Bob Van Overbeek – Doubles (2013)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • GatorSports.com – Florida Gators sports news from The Gainesville Sun.
  • GatorZone.com – Official webpage of the Florida Gators men's tennis team.