Men's Tennis News

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Men's Tennis News

Marc Westgate Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men's tennis sophomore earned Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Month for his play in September the conference office announced Tuesday.

The award marks the first career honor from the conference for Westgate and the first of the year for the Aggies. Last season, NM State players won three honors from the WAC. Departed senior Jim Brouleau was named WAC Player of the Week on April 26. Last September departed senior Arthur Surreaux earned Player of the Month honors while current senior Matej Stakne followed by winning the award last October.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Matej Stakne Ready For His Senior Debut

Written By: Ashley deGruyter for NM State Athletic Dept.

Kicking off your senior year as an athlete always brings mixed emotions, but New Mexico State senior tennis player Matej Stakne is ready for it. As one of four returning players, and the only senior, the native of Croatia has a big season ahead of him.

Starting tennis at the age of seven was not Stakne's first sport of choice. "I actually wanted to play soccer at first, but they told me 'oh you are too little'. So that is when I decided that I would try tennis as a sport," Stakne said.

Tennis first started as just any other game for Stakne. After playing for a while and getting into tournaments Stakne realized he was a solid tennis player. It was at that point that tennis turned into more than just a game and he developed an actual love for the sport.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Both Aggie Tennis Teams Claim Academic Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced the All-Academic teams and individual scholar-athletes for the 2010-11 season. Four athletes from the women's team and three players from the men's team were honored as scholar-athletes for New Mexico State.

The women's team earned the ITA All-Academic team award for the eighth time in nine seasons. The men's squad attained the team honor for the fourth time since 2005.

On the women's side, departed senior and 2011 student volunteer coach Isabela Kulaif earned individual academic honors from the ITA. Joining Kulaif as ITA Scholar Athletes were juniors Ginet Pinero and Jodie Williams alongside sophomore Annemieke Witte. It marked the first honor from the ITA for each of the women.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ball To Be Inducted Into USTA Southwest Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The United States Tennis Association Southwest Hall of Fame Selection Committee has announced the newly-elected class for 2011. Former New Mexico State Tennis Head Coach Don Ball has been selected for this year’s class.

Ball was recently tabbed for induction by the Southwest Hall of Fame committee for his continued dedication, service and commitment to the sport. He will be enshrined, Nov. 19 at the USTA Southwest Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which will take place at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Surreaux Prepares For First Round Of NCAA Division I Singles Tennis Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Stanford, Calif.-New Mexico State University men's tennis team senior Arthur Surreaux will face No. 19 John Peers from Baylor University in the opening round of singles in the Division I NCAA Championships Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. (MT).

Surreaux, currently ranked No. 85 in singles, was the only player from the entire Western Athletic Conference to be selected to compete in the singles bracket of the Division I NCAA Championships.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brouleau Collects Academic All-District Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s tennis player Jim Brouleau earned Capital One Academic All-District VI first team honors, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced.

Brouleau is an at-large selection and now qualifies for the All-America honor. A Poitiers, France, native, Brouleau earned his bachelor’s degree in international business in May 2011 with a 3.73 G.P.A.

“It’s not surprising,” head coach Carlos Vargas. “Jim was as good a student as he was a player. Ever since he got here, he has been able to take care of his academics and that’s especially hard being on the road. We had many late night returns and coming back tired to the hotel, and I would see him get his work done and he was very responsible. He never lost focus of the importance of getting his work done even when we were traveling and competing as much as we did.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Senior Arthur Surreaux Heading To NCAA Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior Arthur Surreaux was selected to compete by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee to compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships.

Surreaux will enter the singles bracket, containing 64 of the top singles players in Division I tennis. Surreaux is the lone representative from the entire Western Athletic Conference.

The NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships will take place May 25-30 at the Taube Tennis Center in Stanford, Calif.

Surreaux finished the regular season with a 21-15 overall record in singles and a 19-13 overall record in doubles. Surreaux played a majority of his singles matches at the No. 1 spot for NM State, going 6-12 at the position.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Jim Brouleau Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Jim Brouleau has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for April 18-24.

A senior from Poitiers, France, Brouleau went 3-0 at No. 2 singles and 2-1 at No. 1 doubles last week as the Aggies picked up three WAC wins to secure the No. 2 seed in this week's WAC Tournament. He posted straight-set wins over Idaho's Lachlan Reed and Nevada’s Kristian Kuharszky. He also defeated Boise State’s Scott Sears, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to clinch the match for NM State, the Aggies’ first-ever win over the Broncos. In doubles, he and partner Matej Stakne defeated Idaho’s Marius Cirstea and Alex Joitoiu and Boise State's Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke. The duo fell in a close match, 9-7, to Nevada's Kristian Kuharszky and Victor Ouvrard. NM State finished the season with a 14-7 record, the best record by the Aggies since going 15-6 in 2000 in the Best West.

Matej Stakne Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Month

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRCUES, N.M. - Junior Matej Stakne of the New Mexico State men's tennis team was named as the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Month for October.

Stakne is the second Aggie this fall to be named WAC Player of the Month. Senior Arthur Surreaux received the honor for September.

Stakne earned WAC Player of the Month for his superb performance at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships Oct. 20-24. Stakne reached the semifinals of the singles bracket, farther than anyone from the WAC advanced in the tournament.

"A lot of the guys have had great fall seasons," said head tennis coach Carlos Vargas, "but Stakne's was one of the most satisfying for me as a coach."

Stakne won five singles matches in the bracket en route to the semifinals match against Enej Bonin of Denver University, falling short 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Arthur Surreaux Dominates For The Aggies

Written By: Jayna Nance for NM State Media Relations

Arthur SurreauxLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University men's tennis player Arthur Surreaux continues to see success this season with a 13-1 record while still continuing to improve his game.

The senior from Sainte-Adresse, France began playing tennis at barely the age of four-years-old and hasn't looked back since.

"My dad played tennis too, so I started playing with my brother and dad and really liked it," Surreaux said.

Surreaux came to NM State from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi in the spring of 2009. He posted an impressive 14-singles wins for the Aggies in his first season, tying for the team lead in singles.

During his second season with the Aggies Surreaux lead the team in singles with an outstanding 22 wins during the season. Now, in his third season with the Aggies, Surreaux is still advancing in the game and enjoying every second of life in Las Cruces.

"I love it here! It is very different from the culture that I am used to but it is always fun," Surreaux said.  Continue Reading This Post >>