Men's Tennis


Dennis Nevolo
Dennis Nevolo

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gurnee, Ill.

High School:
Keystone National

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 152

Birthdate:
12/22/1989

09/28/2014

Dennis Nevolo Wins Irvine Futures Singles Title

2012 alum garners second USTA Pro Circuit Futures title in last three weeks

09/14/2014

Illini Alum Dennis Nevolo Wins Claremont USTA Pro Circuit Classic

Earns first career USTA Pro Circuit Futures singles title

06/12/2012

Nevolo Named to USTA Collegiate Team

One of 16 players chosen

05/25/2012

Nevolo, Kalmanovich End NCAA Championship Run

Illini fall in singles, doubles tournament

05/24/2012

Nevolo Reaches Sweet 16 in NCAA Singles

Nevolo, Kalmanovich advance in doubles

05/12/2012

NCAA Championships - Second Round

Illinois 4, Auburn 3

05/11/2012

NCAA Championships - First Round

Illinois 4, Western Michigan 0

Senior 2011-12
Earned second-career All-America honor ... Named Advantage Illinois Most Valuable Player by his teammates ... Finished career at Illinois tied for sixth in career singles (116) and combined (211) wins and ranked ninth in doubles victories (95) ... Ranks 10th on the Illini single-season wins list with a career-best 32-10 mark in singles play in 2011-12 ... Became the second Illini in program history to earn All-Big Ten recognition in each of his four seasons ... Became first two-time All-American since Ryan Rowe (2006, 2007) and Kevin Anderson (2005, 2006, 2007) ... Reached a career-high No. 2 in the national singles rankings ... Named Big Ten Athlete of the week three times ( 9/21, 1/31 and 4/3) ... Reached the round of 16 in both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.

Junior 2010-11
Earned first-career All-America honor after reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championships ... Unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection ... Twice defeated the nation's top-ranked player -- Tennessee's John-Patrick Smith (11/6) and Rhyne Williams (2/5) ... Reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 nationally ... Led team with a career-high 29 singles victories, including 16 over nationally ranked opponents ... Led team in doubles victories with 22 and went 10-3 at No. 3 doubles ... Two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week (Feb. 1 and Feb. 15)...Academic All-Big Ten.

Sophomore 2009-10
All-Big Ten selection ... Finished second on team with 27 wins playing primarily at No. 1 singles ... Went 8-2 in Big Ten play ... Tallied personal-and team-best 31 doubles victories ... Ranks tied for 11th all-time for most doubles wins in a single season ... Advanced to the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships ... Opened the fall ranked career-high No. 24 ... Finished No. 42 in the final national singles rankings and sixth in the Midwest Region ... Advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships with Marek Czerwinski ... Duo ranked second nationally to start the spring season after going 11-1 in the fall and finished the season at No. 16 in the final national rankings ... Captured the doubles title at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships with Czerwinski ... Big Ten Athlete of the Week (3/9).

Freshman 2008-09
Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... All-Big Ten selection ... ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year ... In his debut season, recorded a 28-13 overall singles record and a 4-2 ledger in conference tilts ... Carded a 15-4 record in fall tournament play ... Saw action at the top three singles positions ... Went 3-4 at No. 1 singles and posted a 4-3 record at No. 2 singles, but had his best results at No. 3, going 6-2 for the season ... Boasted a singles record of 7-7 versus ranked opponents ... Advanced to the round of 32 at the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship by defeated No. 55 Yoann Re from Virginia Tech in the Round of 64 ... Reached a career high of No. 33 nationally before ending the year ranked No. 43 in the ITA singles poll and No. 7 in the Midwest Region ... Received a wildcard into the main draw at the JSM Challenger, where he fell to former Illini Kevin Anderson in the first round ... Went 24-7 in doubles play with three different partners ... Primarily teamed with Ruan Roelofse to compile a 12-5 combined record at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles ... Teamed with Roelofse to capture the fall Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational doubles title ... The duo fell in the round of 32 of the NCAA Doubles Championship to No. 10 ranked Tim Puetz and Alexey Tsyrenov from Auburn ... Ranked as high as No. 18 with Roelofse, finishing the year at the No. 24 spot nationally and No. 3 regionally ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week twice (1/11, 4/12) ... Voted Player to Watch by his teammates.

Juniors / High School
Went to Warren Township High School for his freshman and sophomore years ... 2006 IHSA state singles champion ... First-team All-State selection...National High School All-American ... Led his squad to a fourth-place finish as a sophomore ... Finished his sophomore campaign a perfect 32-0 ... Earned a top-10 USTA ranking in every junior age group ... 2005 Junior Player of the Year ... In 2007, made finals appearances on the USTA International and national levels three times ... Won the 2007 USTA National Open in Tampa, Fla ... Captured the Midwest Indoor Closed title in Indianapolis...Won the doubles title at the Spring National Championships in Mobile, Ala., with partner Bradley Klahn ... Ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes Region and in the state of Illinois ... Boasted a 32-12 record against Blue Chip and Five Star recruits ... According to TennisRecruiting.net, reached the No. 1 ranking in Boys 18s ... In 2007, he also won the Jerry Simmons ITF and qualified for the Junior US Open in singles, advancing to the round of 16 ... Won the 2008 national open in Cincinnati, Ohio, and followed up with 2008 spring Super Nationals singles title in Mobile, Ala. ... Chose Illinois over Ohio St., Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama and Florida.

Personal
Born Dennis Robert Nevolo on Dec. 22, 1989 ... Son of Michael and Kristy Nevolo ... Has a twin brother, David, and another set of twin siblings, Jeff and Julie ... Enjoys listening to music and watching movies.

Career Statistics

Singles Doubles Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten 2008-09 28-13 4-2 24-7 7-2 2009-10 27-17 8-2 31-13 8-2 2010-11 29-14 6-3 22-14 7-2 2011-12 32-10 9-2 18-11 8-3 Total 116-54 27-9 95-45 30-9

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