Men's Tennis


Marek Czerwinski
Marek Czerwinski

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Birmingham, Mich.

High School:
Marathon (Fla.)

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 185

Birthdate:
08/31/1986

03/09/2009

Illinois vs. Florida

February 10, 2009

02/14/2009

1st Round ITA Men's Team Indoor Championships

February 13, 2009

02/09/2009

Illini vs. Duke

February 6, 2009

Senior 2009-10
All-Big Ten selection ... Tallied a career-best 26 wins, including an 8-1 mark at No. 2 singles ... Went 9-1 in Big Ten matches ... Also posted a career-high 28 doubles wins playing primarily at the No. 1 position ... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships with Dennis Nevolo ... Duo ranked second nationally to start the spring season after going 11-1 in the fall ... Captured the doubles title at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships with Nevolo ... Reached career high singles ranking of No. 57 ... Finished season ranked No. 80 nationally in singles and eighth in the Midwest Region ... Checked in with three different doubles partners in final rankings including Nevolo (No. 16), Abe Souza (No. 63) and Stephen Hoh (No. 71) ... Two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week (3/2 and 3/23) ... Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Voted co-Advantage Illinois Most Valuable Player with Souza and received the team's Chris Martin Fighting Illini Spirit Award ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Junior 2008-09
Compiled a 20-4 overall singles record, going 6-1 in conference play ... Saw action at the 2-6 singles spots ... Posted a 11-4 combined record at the Nos. 4 and 5 positions ... Ranked as high as No. 101 nationally ... Concluded the year ranked No. 24 in the Midwest Region ... Carded a 23-7 overall doubles record with a total of three partners ... Teamed with Billy Heiser at the No. 1 spot to post a 2-1 doubles record ... The duo upset the No. 8 pair Omar Altmann and Bassame Beidas from Pepperdine University in dual play ... Reached as high as No. 62 before ending the season ranked No. 75 with Heiser ... Spent a majority of the season with partner Marc Spicijaric, finishing at the No. 46 spot in doubles, but ranked as high as No. 35 throughout the season ... The duo played at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, carding a 20-5 record, including 7-3 in Big Ten play ... Finished with a No. 7 regional doubles ranking with Spicijaric ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week (3/8)...A Big Ten Sportsmanship Honoree ... Received the Most Improved Player Award voted on by teammates as well as the Chris Martin Fighting Illini Spirit Award.

Sophomore 2007-08
Sat out season in accordance with NCAA rules.

Juniors / High School
Attended Marathon (Fla.) as a junior and senior ... Studied at Seaholm High School as a freshman and was home schooled as a sophomore ... Was a three-year letterwinner in tennis during his high school career ... At Seaholm, went 22-5 en route to a semifinal appearance at state in singles ... Also earned All-State honors as a freshman ... While at Marathon, went undefeated in singles during his junior and senior campaigns ... Captured the Florida state doubles title as a junior and was a finalist as a senior ... In juniors, was ranked No. 32 nationally in Boys 16s and reached as high as No. 13 in the nation in Boys 18s ... Was a top-five player in his respective region throughout his juniors career ... Coached by Keith Cullen and Steve Kirschbaum ... Honor Roll and Dean's List honoree at Marathon ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal
Born Marek Zbigniew Czerwinski on Aug. 31, 1986, in Detroit, Mich. ... Son of Wlodzimierz "Walter" and Grazyna Czerwinski ... Majoring in finance ... Both of his parents are natives of Poland ... Has one brother, Lech, who played tennis at both Michigan Tech University and Wayne State University ... Enjoys reading, sports, riding his long board and hanging out with friends ... His biggest thrill in sports was winning the 12-and-under Hard Court Nationals and earning his first ATP point ... Names Pete Sampras as his favorite athlete because of the way he competed ... Says his family was the most influential group in his career because they have gotten him to where he is today.

Career Statistics

Singles Doubles Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten 2008-09 20-4 6-1 23-7 7-3 2009-10 26-11 9-1 28-17 8-2 Total 46-15 15-2 51-24 15-5

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