May 25, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. -- Junior Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) was named the national winner of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship on Tuesday (May 25) at the ITA Awards ceremony in Athens, Ga., the site of the NCAA Championships. He is the first Michigan player to receive the national award since its inception in 1983 and was the second to win the award on a regional scale, joining former Wolverine Brian Hung (2004-07), who won it in 2007.
The Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership & Sportsmanship goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. As the recipient of the award, Jung will travel to New York to be honored before the start of the U.S. Open in August.
Jung was named the Midwest Region's recipient two weeks ago and was chosen out of 12 national semifinalists to win the award. Jung was also a national semifinalist for the ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award, though the award went to John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee).
Jung is a common visitor to the Veterans Hospital and Mott's Children's Hospital and also volunteers at Salvation Army soup kitchens and did work to facilitate a major fundraising race at Michigan Stadium. He's an active member of the University of Michigan Leadership Academy and is a member of the Taiwanese American Student Association. Last summer, Jung was selected to travel to Washington D.C. to lobby for Taiwan's independence.
He has played atop the lineup in both singles and doubles during 2010. Jung is 21-15 in singles play (11-10 in dual matches; ranked No. 38 by the ITA) and 23-14 in doubles play (15-8 in dual matches; ranked No. 31 doubles team) alongside freshman Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan).
Jung is in Athens, Ga., to participate in the NCAA Individual Championships in both singles and doubles play. He faces Michael Shabaz (Virginia) in the singles draw on Wednesday (May 26) at 12:30 p.m. and will team with King in doubles play on Thursday (May 27), facing Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia of Texas Tech.
Q U O T E S
U-M Junior Jason Jung
On winning the award ... "It's definitely a great accomplishment for me. Just winning the Midwest was a big deal, but to win the national is huge. I'm very proud of what I have done on the court, but more importantly, I'm proud of the way I've carried myself off of it. To be mentioned in the same sentence as a player like Arthur Ashe, I can't even describe it. He was a great tennis player and a great person. To have this honor is something I'll never forget. My parents instilled a lot of good family values in me and I just tried to represent myself and the University of Michigan the best way I could."
Michigan Head Coach Bruce Berque
On Jason Jung ... "I'm definitely proud of Jason and happy that he's represented the University of Michigan in receiving this award. Jason not only plays at an extremely high level every time out, but he's got integrity, character and a great interest in helping people other than himself. To be the national winner of this award is a tremendous accomplishment and Jason should feel proud to win any award with the name Arthur Ashe attached to it. Arthur was one of the most respected and accomplished athletes in the history of sports in this country and was so much more than a great athlete. I couldn't be happier for Jason."
On the singles and doubles draws, which were released Tuesday ... "There are no easy draws in this tournament. The only true path to run deep into this tournament is to play at an extremely high level. It's really no different than throughout the year, except it's a complete individual focus now. Both Jason and Evan [King] need to play with a lot of discipline and manage their games well, playing aggressively in a high-percentage manor. That's the balance that players are trying to find now. We don't want to give away free points. That being said, they both will have battles in the first round."
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