Men's Tennis


Ruben Gonzales
Ruben Gonzales

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Terre Haute, Ind.

High School:
Indiana University High School

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 175

Birthdate:
09/11/1985

Junior 2006-07
Known as the spirit of Illinois tennis because of the way he competes with a ferocious tenacity every match ... Posted a 16-8 record in singles and a 12-7 ledger in doubles ... Suffered a rare lung injury that sidelined him for five duals in the heart of the Big Ten regular season ... Posted singles marks of 14-7 in duals and 3-2 in conference matches ... Primarily played at No. 4 singles, carding an 8-3 ledger ... Also saw action in the No. 2 (1-1) and No. 3 (5-3) singles slots... His best doubles performance came with junior Brandon Davis as the pair went 2-2 against ranked opponents, 8-5 overall and 3-1 in Big Tens ... Highlights included back-to-back upsets in the Big Ten Tournament over No. 57 Ryan Heller and Andrew Mazlin of Michigan in the semifinals, followed by toppling No. 31 Drew Eberly and Justin Kronauge of No. 2 Ohio State in the finals ... Spent 15 weeks ranked in doubles - as high as No. 10 - with partner Kevin Anderson after the duo went 4-1 in their five matches as a tandem ... Came in No. 37 in the final FILA ITA doubles standings with Anderson ... Received Illinois' Scholar Athlete Award ... Took the entire fall season off to play on the professional tour ... Tabbed Academic All-Big Ten ... Finished the season ranked No. 125 in the final FILA ITA singles poll.

Sophomore 2005-06
Saw most of his action at the Nos. 3-6 spots of the lineup ... Won three straight matches in doubles with Marc Spicijaric to qualify for the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships ... Reached the Round of 16 at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... Rattled off four straight victories, including a win over teammate Ryan Rowe, to claim the UNLV Fall Tennis Classic singles championship ... Registered a 25-16 overall singles record and a 7-3 tilt in conference duals ... In doubles play, went 29-9 overall and 7-2 in league play ... Primarily teamed with DeHeart, going 11-3 overall with the senior, and 8-3 with DeHeart at the No. 2 doubles position ... Finished the season ranked No. 36 with DeHeart by the ITA ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 15 ... Selected to the Academic All-Big Ten team ... Voted by the team as the Player to Watch ... Received the team GPA Award, boasting the highest grade point average on the squad.

Freshman 2004-05
Big Ten singles consolation champion ... ITA Scholar-Athlete ... Went 22-2 during the dual season and 29-5 overall ... Played four different positions in the lineup, with a majority at No. 5 and 6 ... Second Illini to reach the 20-win mark ... Finished second among Illini in singles wins ... Began the dual season 11-0, the second-longest streak by an Illini that season ... Posted an 11-0 record in singles at positions No. 3-6 in Big Ten play ... Had only two matches go to a third set in conference play.

Juniors/High School
Ranked No. 1 in the state of Indiana and tabbed among the top five in the Midwest in 18-and-unders ... Ranked No. 90 internationally as a senior ... In 2000, picked up a ranking as high as No. 4 in the U.S. in singles, and No. 1 in doubles in the 16-and-under division ... Competed in both the Australian and US Open Junior Championships ... Won the doubles championship in the Easter Bowl and National Hard-Court tournaments ... In his one year on the North Central High School team, he earned all-state honors as a freshman.

Personal
Son of Ruben Sr. and Maria Gonzales ... Parents are from the Philippines ... Has two siblings, Ryan and Jose ... Favorite athlete is Pete Sampras because of his calmness under pressure ... Biggest sports thrill came when he played in the US Open Juniors tournament ... Aspires to pursue a career in professional tennis ... Considers his parents to be the most influential people in his athletic career.

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GONZALES' CAREER STATS
SINGLES
Season
Overall
Big Ten
Big Ten Tournament
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Singles
2004-05
29-5
11-0
2-0
1-1
0-0
2005-06
25-16
7-3
1-1
1-1
0-0
2006-07
16-8
3-2
0-1
4-2
0-0
2007-08
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
TOTAL:
70-29
21-5
3-2
6-4
0-0
DOUBLES
Season
Overall
Big Ten
Big Ten Tournament
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Doubles
2004-05
5-8
1-1
0-0
1-0
0-0
2005-06
29-9
7-2
2-0
0-1
0-0
2006-07
12-7
3-2
2-0
1-2
0-0
2007-08
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
0-0
TOTAL:
46-24
11-5
4-0
2-3
0-0

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