Men's Tennis


Graydon Oliver
Graydon Oliver

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Weston, Fla.

High School:
Westminster Academy

Last College:
Alabama

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 194

Birthdate:
06/14/1978

Major:
Business

AT ILLINOIS...

FALL, 2000:
? Combined with freshman Amer Delic to post a 6-2 doubles record
? Won the ITA Region IV doubles title with Delic
? Illinois? only pre-season-ranked singles player?No. 72
? Despite some early-season nagging injuries, he put together a 4-3 mark

1999-2000:
? Won the NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Cary Franklin
? Earned a wildcard into the U.S .Open in doubles as a result of his national championship
? Earned All-American honors
? Finished the 1999-2000 season ranked No. 6 in the country in doubles
? Put together an 18-match winning streak (the longest in school history)
? Played No. 1 and 2 doubles all year and went 34-9 overall, 11-1 in the Big Ten
? Played primarily No. 3 singles; had a perfect 12-0 mark in Big Ten singles play
? Voted as Region IV?s Arthur Ashe Junior Sportsmanship and Leadership Award winner
? All-Big Ten pick
? Academic All-Big Ten team selection
? Chosen as the team?s Scholar-Athlete (3.66 cumulative GPA in marketing)
? Voted to the Rolex All-Star team by Tennis Magazine

AT ALABAMA (1997-99):
? Played primarily at No. 4 singles
? Finished his 1997-98 season with a 19-16 record
? Advanced to the semifinals of Notre Dame?s Tom Fallon Invitational in 1997
? Started the 1998-99 season with a five-match winning streak
? Went 18-16 at No. 1 doubles
? Defeated six ranked doubles opponents
? Ranked as high as No. 13 in doubles in the '98-99 season
? Won the 1997 Rolex Region III Indoor Championships
? Won Harvard Invitational during the 1998-1999 season

PREPS/JUNIORS:
? Was the 1996 Southern Open singles and doubles champion
? Won the doubles title at the 1996 International Hardcourts
? Was a Gold Medal winner at the 1994 Florida Team Zonals
? Three-time District Champion
? Maryland Hard Courts Champion in 1997 doubles
? Two-time doubles state champion (1995, 1997)
? Played in the U.S. Open juniors tournament (1997)

PERSONAL:
? Parents are Bert and Marie Oliver
? Has an older sister, Gia, and an older brother, Brad

OLIVER?S CAREER STATS:

Singles:

Season Overall SEC Big Ten 1997-98 20-15 5-6 1998-99 21-10 6-5 1999-2000 30-9 12-0 Fall, 2000 4-3 Totals 75-37 11-11 12-0

Doubles:

Season Overall SEC Big Ten 1997-98 19-16 11-1 1998-99 25-12 6-7 1999-2000 34-9 11-1 Fall, 2000 6-2 Totals 84-39 17-8 11-1

OLIVER ON OLIVER:

Favorite movie: Ace Ventura
Favorite TV show: Most memorable moment: Vacationing in Arizona with my family and getting stuck in a sandstorm
Most embarrassing moment: Getting gum stuck in my hair in sixth grade
Why you decided to attend UI: What you miss most about high school: Nothing
If you were a superhero, what you would be named: Flash, because I?m so fast.
Favorite athlete: Stefan Edberg, because he was so consistent with his performances.
If you could date anyone in the world, who it would be: Catherine Zeta-Jones, because she loves me--she just doesn?t know it yet.
Favorite thing to do besides tennis: Play on the computer, trade stock, and re-stock my fish tank.
If you were stranded on a desert island, and you could take one person with you, who it would be: My Dad, so I could get to know him better.
Most prized possession: My car
Favorite type of music: Country
Favorite Food: Waffles
Favorite song: ?The Gambler,? by Kenny Rogers
Best tennis moment: Winning NCAA?s in doubles and becoming 2000 national champions
Personal heroes: My parents

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