Prakash Amritraj enters his first season at USC... Ranked No. 60 (tie) in doubles (with partner Andrew Park) in the ITA preseason rankings... Posted a 3-5 fall record, competing at the Napa Challenge, ITA Regional Championships and SCTA Championship.
Amritraj is a 2001 graduate of Harvard Westlake High in North Hollywood, Calif. ... Played two seasons of varsity tennis and led prep team to CIF Los Angeles City Section championship each year (1998 and 1999)... Named league MVP as a sophomore... He ranked as high as No. 8 in the 2001 USTA boys singles national rankings... In 18-and-unders he won international doubles titles in Manila (Philippines), Montreal (Canada), Singapore and Jakarta (Indonesia)... He won the 2000 Easter Bowl doubles title... He has also competed at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open... In 16-and-unders he placed sixth at the National Clay Court Championships and reached the doubles final... Finished third at the National Hard Court Championships.
Prakash Michael Amritraj was born on Oct. 2, 1983, in Tarzana, Calif. ... The son of Vijay and Shyamala Amritraj, he has one brother, Vikram (14)... His father, Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, played Wimbledon for 17 years and the Davis Cup for 20 years, reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1974 and 1987 and the US Open quarterfinals in 1973 and 1974... His uncle, Anand (Vijay’s brother) also played professionally and once advanced to the Wimbledon doubles semifinals with Vijay... Prakash lists his father as his biggest sports hero because of the countless times he defeated the odds with dignity and class... He is a business major who hopes to play professionally after graduation.