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    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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