California Tennis Update
Dear Friends of Cal Tennis,
A lot has happened for Cal Tennis in the past week. The Bears started the weekend off right with a 5-2 victory over Pacific, Chris Konigsfeldt represented Denmark in Davis Cup, the Cal Tennis Summer Camps are now open for registration, and the Bears travel south to take on the LA schools.
Bears Beat Pacific 5-2
The 13th-ranked Bears advanced to 3-0 last weekend, after besting the Pacific Tigers 5-2.
Cal started the match strong, as the seventh-ranked doubles team of junior Ben McLachlan and senior Riki McLachlan quickly beat Pacific's Alex Golding and Sam Verbeek, 8-1, on court one. Cal junior Campbell Johnson and freshman Mads Engsted followed suit on court two with an 8-3 win over Denis Stolyarov and Trevor James. With the doubles point decided, the court-three match between the Cal duo of sophomore Chase Melton and freshman Wyatt Houghton and the Tiger team of Alex Hamilton and Daniel Alameh did not finish.
In singles action, Ben McLachlan continued his momentum with a win against Golding, 6-3, 6-3, on court one, followed by Engsted's 6-0, 6-3, victory over Alameh on court five. The Bears suffered their first loss on the day when Chase Melton fell to Stolyarov, 6-2, 6-2, on court six. Campbell Johnson clinched the match when he knocked off Pacific's Ben Mirkin, 6-3, 6-4, on court two to give Cal a 4-1 lead. Riki McLachlan went on to defeat Hamilton, 6-4, 6-4, on court five and sophomore Gregory Bayane fell to Verbeek, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0(7), on court three to complete the match and give the Bears their 5-2 victory.
"Coming out after that Michigan match, we played very composed in doubles," Cal head coach Peter Wright said. "And we're missing Christoffer Konigsfeldt, who's out because he's playing in the Davis Cup for Denmark. Doubles gave us the momentum going into singles. Our last outing was a really challenging one. We knew UOP was a strong team, and we knew we had to play well today. I was impressed with our resiliency in coming back after that Michigan match. We were pretty physical today, and I was impressed with that as well."
Senior Chris Konigsfeldt
Davis Cup Action
This past weekend, while the Bears were playing Pacific at home, Chris Konigsfeldt was in Cluj Napoca, Romania, representing Denmark in Davis Cup play against the Romanian team.
Konigsfeldt played singles in Round 5 of the tie against Romanian Marius Copil, the 151st ranked singles players in the world. In only his second Davis Cup match, Konigsfeldt played an excellent match against one of the best players in the world, but ended up losing 6-4, 6-3. Denmark fell to Romania in the tie 5-0 and moves on in the backdraw of Davis Cup Group 1, the second tier of Davis Cup action.
This was Konigsfeldt's second time represeting Denmark in a Davis Cup tie. He also played for his country last year in October against Finland and won in his first ever tie, beating Herrko Pollanen 6-3, 7-6(7).
Cal Summer Camps
The Nike Tennis Camp at UC Berkeley has something for everyone! For beginners, drills will focus on stroke fundamentals. For advanced and high school players our drills are designed to teach how to construct points using spin, pace and placement. The afternoon session will focus on strategy, tactics and match play. Our experienced staff consists of current and former CAL men's and women's players. Join the fun at this youth summer tennis camp and get better!
Camps will be led by Men's Assistant Coach Tyler Browne, along with Men's Head Coach Peter Wright and Women's Head Coach Amanda Augustus. Registration is now open, be sure to sign up before the camps fill up.
This weekend the 13th-ranked Golden Bears will travel to down to Los Angeles to play #2 USC and #3 UCLA in a pair of dual matches. The Bears first match will be Friday at 1:30 pm against the Trojans at Marks Stadium on the USC campus. On Saturday the Bears will travel across town to play the Bruins. The match against UCLA will start at 1:00 pm at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on the UCLA campus. If you're in the LA area be sure to come out and support the Bears as they take on the LA schools.
Thank you for your support, we look forward to seeing you this weekend. Go Bears!!!