Illini fall in singles, doubles tournament
Nevolo, Kalmanovich advance in doubles
Kalmanovich falls in opening round
Hoh, Abdelnour capture 8-6 win in doubles
Battle Trojans Friday at 8 a.m. CT
Named first-team All-Big Ten ... Clinched the Big Ten Tournament title for Illinois with an upset win over No. 6 Blaz Rola at the No. 2 spot to down third-ranked Ohio State, 4-3 ... Earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 6 after playing his way through ITA All-American Championships qualifying to join teammate Dennis Nevolo in the main draw, where he lost in the quarterfinals ... Played six ranked opponents in six days, defeating five, during the ITA All-American Championships ... Named Most Outstanding Player at the Gardnar Mulloy Miami Invitational ... Secured a career-high 15 doubles victories and went 25-12 in singles action, marking the second time he has reached the 25-win mark in his career ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships alongside Nevolo ... Reached as high as No. 21 in the national singles rankings and No. 12 in doubles with Nevolo.
Re-enrolled at Illinois in January ... Went 16-10 in singles play ... Earned six Big Ten victories ... Played primarily at No. 2 singles, going 8-6 at the position.
All-Big Ten selection ... ITA Midwest Region Player to Watch ... Recorded a 30-13 overall singles record ... Posted a 6-4 mark in Big Ten matches ... Started the fall on a high note carding a 13-6 ledger in tournament play ... Went 3-0 at the Olympia Fields Invitational where he upset three ranked opponents ... Honored with the Most Outstanding Player Award at the Olympia Fields Invitational ... Won three straight matches to qualify for the main draw of the ITA All-American Championship ... Saw action at the top three singles spots ... Posted a 17-7 combined record at the top three singles positions ... Advanced to the Round of 32 at the 2009 NCAA Singles Championship with a victory over No. 24 ranked Clancy Shields from Boise State University ... Finished the season ranked No. 45 nationally, but came in as high as No. 23 throughout the season ... Concluded the year ranked No. 8 in the Midwest Region end of the year rankings ... Posted a 10-8 ledger in doubles play partnering with eight different teammates ... Primarily played No. 3 doubles posting a 4-5 record.
Enrolled at Illinois in January ... Made his first appearance in a dual match against No. 37 Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament Finished the season 4-2 overall ... Did not compete for most of the spring due to NCAA rules ... Played solely at No. 5 singles facing opponents from No. 2 Ohio State University, No. 18 LSU, No. 34 University of Wisconsin and Xavier ... Won his first two collegiate matches over Indiana's Michael McCarthy and Wisconsin's Felipe Bellido in straight sets ... His only two losses were to No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament and later in the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 16.
Juniors / High School
Defeated Wake Forest All-American Todd Paul in first round of the ATP Pilot Penn in New Haven ... Graduate of Framingham High School ... Titles include the Boys 18s National Open title in Albany, N.Y. ... Captured the Under 18s USA Tennis New England Junior Championships in New Haven, Conn., as a 16-year old ... Scouted as one of the most talented players in his graduating class of 2007 ... Routinely held the No. 1 ranking in New England throughout his junior career ... Played on the New England USTA Junior Davis Cup team.
Born in Anapa, Russia to Benjamin and Anna Kalmanovich ... Moved to the United States when he was four-and-a-half-years old ... Has one sister, Sarah ... Hobbies include working out, reading, watching movies and enjoys downhill skiing ... Says his biggest thrill in sports is the feeling after a big win and playing in front of a crowd ... Notes Andre Agassi as his favorite athlete because he has a tremendous respect for his attitude, work habits and all that he has done for the sport ... Has aspirations of playing professional tennis after graduation ... Says his father was the most influential person in his athletic career because he introduced him to the sport of tennis ... Attributes both of his parents as the most influential people in his life.
Singles Doubles Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten 2007-08 4-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2008-09 30-13 6-4 10-8 0-3 2010-11 16-10 6-4 4-5 3-3 2011-12 25-14 7-4 15-8 8-3 Total 75-39 19-12 29-21 11-9