Men's Tennis


Chris Martin
Chris Martin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tulsa, Okla.

High School:
Boca Raton Prep.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 175

Birthdate:
06/01/1982

Major:
Finance

AT ILLINOIS...

Fall 2004
• Was one victory shy of reaching main draw @ USTA Challenger in Champaign, Ill. in November

2003-04:
• Finished the 2003-04 campaign with a 23-7 (74-23, overall) record
• Held the team's longest singles winning streak of the season at 13 matches
• Ranked as high as No. 47 in the nation in singles
• Teamed with Michael Calkins most of the season ending with a record of 24-7, which included a 7-match win streak to start the season
• Earned a ranking as high as No. 14 with Calkins in doubles
• ITA Midwest singles semifinalist last fall
• ITA Midwest Regional doubles champion with Calkins last fall
• Team's top scholar-athlete, top University of Illinois male scholar-athlete in junior class (3.8 GPA in Finance)
• National Academic All-American
• Academic All-Big Ten
• Garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete honors
• Presented an Illini tennis match shirt to President Bush in November as a member of Illinois' 2002-03 National Championship team

2002-03:
• Won the clinching singles matches for Illinois in its NCAA semifinal victory over Stanford and its championship tilt over Vanderbilt
• Put together a 14-match singles winning streak during the season
• Academic All-America selection (2nd team); Academic All-Big Ten pick
• Made All-NCAA Tournament team
• Won Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
• Chosen as Illinois' Most Improved Player
• George Huff Award winner (academic and athletic excelence at Illinois)
• University of Illinois junior male GPA award winner (highest among male varsity student-athletes in his class)
• Won ITA summer national singles title and took ITA summer doubles championship with teammate Evan Zeder
• Earned a No. 88 fall ITA singles ranking

2001-02:
• Went 19-6 in singles play at the No. 5 and 6 spots
• Teamed with various doubles partners to go 7-3
• Named Illinois' Player to Watch
• Garnered the Illini's Scholar-Athlete Award
• Ranked as high as No. 100 in singles nationally

PREPS/JUNIORS:
• Chosen in 1999 for the USTA's Select Traveling Team
• Competed in the U.S., Australian and French (twice) Open junior tournaments
• Earned the No. 54 world junior ranking in 1999
• Won ITF Mali Cup doubles title
• Ranked No. 1 nationally (in both singles and doubles) for his age group and selected the Oklahoma player of the year in 1996
• Won USTA national claycourt singles and doubles titles, the national hardcourt singles, and Easter Bowl doubles title
• USTA Boys 16's national indoor doubles champion
• Ranked No. 5 in the country in both singles and doubles in 1998
• Doubles champion at USTA Boys 18s International Hard-court Tournament
• State high school singles and doubles runner-up as an eighth grader, champion as a freshman
• Qualified for six Futures events, picked up 4 ATP points
• Led his high school to second place in the state and then the state championship in his freshman and senior years, respectively
• Qualified and won a round in two consecutive professional futures events in Mexico

PERSONAL:
• Parents are Scott and Jeanette Martin
• Has two siblings: David (21), and Julie (17)
• Active in church youth group
• Comes from a sports family...dad played basketball and tennis at Oklahoma; mother played tennis at Southern Methodist; brother plays tennis at Stanford
• Favorite athlete is former Chicago Bear defensive lineman William "The Refrigerator" Perry
• Favorite Illini athlete is Dick Butkus
• Certified boat operator in Florida
• Would like to some day learn to play drums
• Aspires to pursue an MBA degree and a career in professional tennis


MARTIN'S CAREER STATS:

Singles:
Season	  Overall  Big Ten
2001-02	   19-6      8-1
2002-03     32-10    12-1
Totals	   51-16    20-2

Doubles: Season Overall Big Ten 2001-02 7-3 1-1 2002-03 24-10 11-1 Totals 31-13 12-2

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