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    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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