Fall 2002 — Ranked No. 16 in the Fall ITA Singles Rankings … Did not compete in the fall due to injury.
2002 — First-team All-Pac-10 selection … Pac-10 singles champion … Defeated Washington’s Alex Vlaski in the Pac-10 Championship final, 6-4, 6-3 … Finished the year with a 30-4 overall singles record, including a 19-3 mark in dual-match play … Made an immediate impact after transferring from College of the Desert in January … Won his first 11 matches as a Bruin … Captured the singles title in his first tournament, the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Las Vegas … Defeated No. 49 David Martin of Stanford in the final … Posted an impressive 11-3 record against ranked players … Teamed with Alberto Francis in doubles, posting a 13-4 overall record … The duo won all three of its matches at the National Team Indoors and advanced to the semifinals at the Pac-10 Invitational … Also saw time with Erfan Djahangiri and Lassi Ketola … Did not compete for UCLA in the fall while finishing up classes at COD.
College of the Desert — Played for former UCLA standout Marcin Rozpedski at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA … Two-time California Community College state doubles champion … Reached the state singles final in 2000 and won it in 2001 … Helped College of the Desert capture two state team championships in 2000 and 2001 … Recipient of the Ted A. Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year Award in 2001 … Two-time California Community College singles and doubles All-American … Ranked No. 1 in the state doubles rankings in 2000 with partner Juan Cerda … Also ranked tied for No. 1 with Cerda in singles … Ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles (w/ Carlos Palencia) again in 2001 … Finished 2000 with a 23-1 overall singles record … Went undefeated in 2001, posting a perfect 24-0 mark … Captured the singles title at the 2000 Rolex National Championships … Earned ATP points playing in the main doubles draw at the Hamlet Cup in Long Island, NY in 2000 and 2001 … Teamed with Cerda, falling 6-4, 7-5 in the first round to the former world No. 1 team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes in 2000 … Fell to the team of Jonathan Stark/Kevin Ullyett in the first round in 2001.
High School/Juniors — Former No. 1 ranked junior player in Brazil … Six-time state champion and two-time national champion … No. 3 ranked player in South America … Practice player on the Brazilian Davis Cup team with world No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten … Also played soccer … Won two state championships and was named the “Best Forward” in Sao Paulo.
Personal — Full name is Rodrigo Antonio Grilli … Born December 20, 1979 in Sao Paulo, Brazil … Parents are Roberto and Concetta Pappalardo Grilli … Has one sister, Roberta … Enjoys surfing and playing soccer … Admires Pete Sampras and Gustavo Kuerten … Majoring in international development studies.