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  Simon Rea
School: University of Tennessee
Year: Senior
Home Town: Auckland, New Zealand
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High School: Auckland Grammar School
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birth Date: Sunday, July 18, 1982
Dominant Hand: Left
Major: Journalism
Singles Record: 83-48
Doubles Record: 72-40

2004 — Senior: Was granted a wildcard spot into the singles draw at the ATP Heineken Open in January ... In February, he represented his country as a member of the 2004 New Zealand Davis Cup team ... Defeated eight ranked opponents during the spring, including five players ranked in the national top 50 ... Led the Vols with six clinching points ... Earned All-America and first-team All-SEC honors for his outstanding doubles play with partner Simon Rea, and the pair was selected to compete in the NCAA doubles championships ... Also earned a berth in the NCAA singles championships, where he fell in the round of 64 ... Finished senior campaign with a 17-11 singles tally and a 20-7 doubles record ... Was ranked No. 37 in the final ITA singles rankings and No. 10 (with Spizzo) in the doubles rankings ... Final career totals include an 87-45 singles record and a 72-40 doubles mark.

2003 — JUNIOR: Rea was a solid leader for the Vols in 2002-03 ... Made headlines in the fall when he stormed to the singles semifinals of the Omni Hotels Region III Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., defeating three consecutive ranked players in the process ... Held an ITA doubles ranking of No. 31 with partner Mark Dietrich throughout the fall ... Earned an ITA fall regional singles ranking of No. 8 (Region III - Southeast) ... Successfully defended his New Zealand Residential Tennis Championships title over the holiday break ... Debuted at No. 27 in the ITA's spring preseason national singles rankings ... Amassed an impressive 9-6 singles record against ranked opponents, recording wins against players ranked Nos. 111, 69, 67, 63, 39, 36, 28, 15 and 11 ... Led the team with 26 singles wins and earned All-SEC second-team honors ... Climbed as high as No. 18 in the ITA singles rankings, ending the season ranked No. 22 ... Was the only Vol selected to the field of 64 in the NCAA Division I Men's Singles Championships, where he fell in the first round to Illinois junior Brian Wilson.

2002 — SOPHOMORE: Rea enjoyed another successful season for the Vols in 2002, posting an impressive 30-15 overall singles record  to go along with a 6-5 mark in SEC play .. Rang up a 23-12 doubles record, which garnered him second-team All-SEC honors ... Teamed with Mario Toledo to post an 18-11 doubles record, while becoming finalists at the Region III Championships and being named to the main draw at the 2002 NCAA Championships ... The pair ended the season ranked No. 26 nationally after notching a 9-5 mark against ranked opponents ... Spent most of his time in singles at the No. 5 spot, where he amassed a 6-5 record ...   Returned to his home country over the holiday break and was crowned the 2001 New Zealand national champion ... Began the season with some great fall tournament results, including winning his first collegiate tournament at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga. ... Had a runner-up finish at the MTSU Fall Invitational and was a doubles finalist at the Southern Championships.

2001 — FRESHMAN: Rea came to Knoxville  in spring 2001 and had a promising opening season for the Vols ... Posted a 14-10 overall record (8-3 SEC) ... Spent most of the season between the Nos. 5 and 6 positions, where he posted a 10-8 record ... Finished second on the team with four clinching points in 2001 ... His exciting 13-11 tie-break victory over Ohio State’s Vincent Ng clinched the NCAA Regional title and a spot in the NCAA tournament for the Vols ... Showed promise when he made the finals of his first collegiate tournament at the adidas Invitational in Saddlebrook, Fla. ... Recorded a 14-10 doubles record on the season.

PRIOR TO TENNESSEE: Was ranked the No.1 junior singles player in New Zealand ... Had a career-high world junior ranking (ITF) of No. 20 ... Was a quarterfinalist at the 2000 Wimbledon juniors tournament ...  Was the New Zealand 18-and-under national champion in singles and doubles in 1999 and 2000 ... Attended Auckland Grammar School. 

PERSONAL: Last name pronounced: RAY ... Plays with a Babolat Pure Control racquet ... Academic major: Journalism ... Parents: Peter and Carol Rea ... Full name: Simon James Rea ... Born July 18, 1982, in Auckland, New Zealand.