Weekly #1: U-M to Resume Play at Key Biscayne Individuals
Michael Zhu

Jan. 4, 2013

Sun-Tue., Jan. 6-8 -- at Key Biscayne Individuals (Key Biscayne, Fla.)

The No. 20 University of Michigan men's tennis team (0-0) will resume 2012-13 competition this weekend, heading to Key Biscayne, Fla., for the Key Biscayne Individuals from Sunday through Tuesday (Jan. 6-8) at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. The Wolverines will send nine individual representatives to the competition and will face players from No. 23 Texas, No. 24 LSU and No. 54 Denver.

This event marks the end of tournament action for the Wolverines.


Sunday, Jan. 6
10 a.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. LSU
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Texas
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- LSU vs. Denver
1:30 p.m. Singles -- Texas vs. Denver

Monday, Jan. 7
10 a.m. Singles -- LSU vs. Texas
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. LSU
12:30 p.m. Doubles -- Texas vs. Denver
1:30 p.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. Denver

Tuesday, Jan. 8
7:45 a.m. Singles -- Michigan vs. Texas
10:15 a.m. Doubles -- Michigan vs. Denver
10:15 a.m. Doubles -- Texas vs. LSU
11:15 a.m. Singles -- LSU vs. Denver

The event will crown an individual champion; no team scoring will be used. Each player will be assigned points per win according to his position in singles and doubles. The player with the most points at the end of the weekend will be named the overall winner.

Win at No. 1 position -- 8 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 7 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 6 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 5 points
Win at No. 5 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 6 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 7 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 8 position -- 1 point

Win at No. 1 position -- 4 points
Win at No. 2 position -- 3 points
Win at No. 3 position -- 2 points
Win at No. 4 position -- 1 point

Last Year at Key Biscayne
Michigan claimed eight total singles matches and three doubles matches against representatives from Texas, Denver and LSU at last season's Key Biscayne Individuals. U-M opened the event with three singles wins and one doubles victory over LSU. The Wolverines also earned a pair of doubles wins against Texas. Michigan won four of its five singles matches against Denver on the final day and swept its two doubles contests against the Pioneers. Alex Petrone posted a 2-1 record from the No. 1 singles position, falling just short of the overall singles title with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Denver's Enej Bonin in the championship match.


King Helps Team USA Capture International Crown -- Senior Evan King was recently a member of the American National Team that won the 2012 Master'U BNP Paribas Championship with a 5-2 victory against Germany on Sunday, Dec. 9. King was one of only six student-athletes selected to lead the United States in the competition. The U.S. won three matches over a five-day span to capture the title in the eight-team international competition. King finished last season with a career-best 34-7 record. He was named the 2012 Big Ten Athlete of the Year after posting a perfect 11-0 conference dual record from the No. 1 singles position. King went 3-3 in singles competition this fall and posted a 3-2 doubles record with teammate Shaun Bernstein.

In Their Debut -- The Wolverines' two newcomers -- sophomore Vlad Stefan (Bucharest, Romania) and junior Spencer Newman (Miami, Fla./Kaplan) -- made their collegiate debuts during the Wolverines' fall schedule. Stefan, a transfer from Maryland, paced the group, posting a 7-4 singles record and going 5-2 in doubles action. Newman, a transfer from Florida, went 1-4 in singles competition and posted a 2-2 mark in doubles play.

Where We Rank -- Michigan earned a No. 20 preseason ranking. Junior Vlad Stefan comes in at No. 48 in the first edition of the 2013 rankings, climbing 14 spots from his No. 62 fall ranking, while U-M's top doubles tandem of Evan King and Shaun Bernstein are ranked 30th. [ ITA Rankings ]

The Captains -- At the conclusion of the fall season, juniors Shaun Bernstein and Barrett Franks were voted by their teammates to serve as team co-captains for the 2013 season. Bernstein went 22-13 in doubles competition and 8-20 in singles play during his sophomore campaign last season. He teamed with Evan King during the recent fall season to post a 3-2 doubles record, as the nation's third-ranked tandem, and advanced to the quarterfinals at the ITA All-American Championships. Franks posted an 18-19 singles record, including a 16-10 dual record, as a sophomore last season. He went 4-3 in singles action and 7-5 in doubles competition during the team's fall slate. Earlier this month, Franks and sophomore Michael Zhu advanced to the doubles championship match at the Big Ten Indoor Tennis Championships in Madison, Wis.

A Look Back -- The Wolverines posted an 18-8 record in 2011-12 and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the seventh consecutive season. With its 9-2 record in Big Ten play, Michigan registered its most conference wins since also tallying nine in 1999. The Wolverines' runner-up performance was the program's best Big Ten finish since placing second in 2007. Evan King, who finished the season with a career-best 34-7 singles record, went a perfect 11-0 in Big Ten dual competition on his way to earning Big Ten Conference Athlete of the Year. He earned ITA All-America honors for the second straight season. King was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team, while Alex Petrone, the ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year, was an All-Big Ten second team selection.

Leader of the Wolverines -- Head coach Bruce Berque is in his ninth year at the helm of the Wolverine program, compiling a 126-81 overall record and 51-20 Big Ten mark over his tenure. Berque has led the Wolverines to seven consecutive NCAA Championships berths, including the 2008 Sweet 16, and has finished among the top four of the Big Ten in seven of eight seasons. Mark Merklein is in his second season as Michigan's assistant coach after joining the staff prior to the 2011-12 season. A former ATP tour professional (1994-2005) and NCAA singles (1994) and doubles (1993) champion while at Florida, Merklein spent the previous six years as a national coach with the USTA Player Development Center in Boca Raton, Fla.

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Saturday, Jan. 19 -- vs. TCU (Varsity Tennis Center), 6 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25 -- vs. Santa Clara - ITA Kick-Off Weekend, 1 p.m.