The top singles player for Bears…brings team leadership to the No. 1 spot…known for his big forehand and strong serve…entered fall ranked No. 4 by ITA in singles… teamed with Robert Kowalcyk, ranked No. 9 by ITA in doubles…FALL 2002: Competed in professional events…2001-02: Finished 2002 with a No.11 ranking, earning ITA All-American honors in singles and doubles, as well as being named to All-Pac-10 First Team and Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team…also named First-Team All-Pac-10…first Golden Bear to advance to NCAA Quarterfinals since 1995…in doubles, advanced to Round of 16 at NCAA Championships with Robert Kowalczyk…pair ranked No. 12 by ITA…returned to the team in January after playing in professional events during fall…played all singles matches at No. 1 spot, compiling 17-6 record there…11-7 versus ranked players in 2002…twice knocked off the ITA’s No. 1 ranked player…first time against Stanford’s K.J. Hippensteel, with Fruttero taking a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 decision to lead Cal to first defeat of Cardinal since 1991…second against Pepperdine’s Al Garland, where straight set, 7-5, 6-0 victory keyed Bears’ 6-1 romp/upset…bested No. 10 Tobias Clemens twice during season, leading Cal to first UCLA sweep since 1953…with Kowalczyk in doubles, advanced to semifinals at Pac-10 tournament by besting No. 16 Bowen/Klingler (ASU), 8-2…closed season strong, winning five of six matches before dropping 8-4 decision to No. 1 Rojer/Matkowski (UCLA)…played in all but four matches at No. 1 court…defeated Stanford’s second-ranked duo of Lipski/Martin 8-3 (4/10)…8-8 versus ranked tandems…opened season winning first three of four matches…2000-01:
Was only Bear to be seen in No. 1 court all season, finishing with 16-9 record in 25 matches…became All-American, as well as being named to Pac-10 First Team All-Conference and 12-member USA Collegiate Team…won five times in a row late in season, keying four match winning streak down stretch to lead Cal from 26th ranking to 13th spot…upset No. 12 Pepperdine and No. 18 USC, as well as taking No. 1 UCLA down to wire during that stretch…his 16 dual and 29 overall wins ranked first on team…finished season ranked No. 20 in singles competition…in doubles, primarily teamed with Robert Kowalczyk on second court, reeling off 10-4 record…the duo defeated team of Fustar and Cooper of Fresno State in NCAA Regionals by 8-6 margin, in what turned out to be winning point in match…defeated Bowen and Eckermann of Arizona State to help lead Cal to 5-2 victory over higher-ranked ASU team…their 12 wins ranked second on team…in fall, advanced to semifinals of ITA All-American after four straight victories…advanced to semifinals of ITA Regional championships by defeating No. 9 seed David Mullins of Fresno State and No. 5 seed Scotty Scott of Stanford before losing to teammate Adrian Barnes 6-2, 7-6(5) …1999-2000:
Made early impact as freshman … opened at No. 1 spot for Bears, winning his first two dual matches of season against Georgia Tech and Santa Clara … from March 21 to April 15, he went 9-3 in dual match play, including 5 wins in row at No. 1 and No. 2 spots…led Bears with best dual match record for year (14-12) … in postseason, notched win at No. 2 spot against Auburn’s Stephen Huss, 6-3, 6-4 … in doubles, amassed 5-1 record with teammate Kowalczyk … advanced to semifinals in doubles of ITA championships … went 7-1 with teammate David Tzou from March 22 to April 8 at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spot…in fall, lost his first collegiate match to Wesley Moodie of Boise State 6-4, 6-2 in first round of singles qualifying play at ITA All-American Championships … rebounded to get his first victory over Sylvian Iff of Sacramento State (6-7, 7-6, 6-3) at ITA Regional Championships before being ousted by Carter Morris of Stanford, 6-2, 6-4, in second round.
PERSONAL/PREVIOUS: One of best recruits ever to sign at Cal…notched 72-0 record in high school en route to capturing CIF Championships four straight years…played on U.S. National team in ’97 and ’98…ranked No. 4 in country in 1999…competed at both Wimbledon and U.S. Open during summer of 1999...full name is John Paul Fruttero…major is undeclared…hobbies include basketball and table tennis …parents are Saul and Nancy Fruttero…brother John Pierre played tennis at University of Pennsylvania… sister Jacque ran cross country at Cal and graduated in 1995...born March 30, 1981 in Montebello.