Evan King (L) and coach Greg Patton
Dec. 10, 2012
AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France -- University of Michigan men's tennis player Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan) was 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). The United States won three matches over a five-day span to capture the title in the eight-team international competition.
The U.S. defeated Belgium 7-0 in the quarterfinals and secured a 6-1 victory over Russia in the semifinals. In the final against Germany, Team USA jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with consecutive wins in women's singles competition. With a two-point lead heading into men's singles action, King and Virginia's Jarmere Jenkins posted back-to-back victories over their opponents to clinch the team victory for the American squad. It marks the third time in four years that Team USA claimed the title, as the Americans defeated France in 2009 and 2011.
King, the fourth-ranked singles player in the country, was one of only six student-athletes selected to lead the United States in the competition that included college and university players from around the world. Jenkins and USC junior Ray Sarmiento joined King as representatives on the men's side, while Arizona State's Jacqueline Cako, Florida's Lauren Embree and USC's Zoe Scandalis were the women's participants.
The team was coached by Boise State head men's tennis coach Greg Patton and Cal head women's tennis coach Amanda Augustus. The U.S competed for the fifth consecutive year against a field that included Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Russia. The teams competed in a best-of-seven format consisting of two men's and two women's singles matches, one men's and one women's doubles match and one mixed doubles match.
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 (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview HS).
Michigan returns to action following the New Year, heading to the Key Biscayne Individuals Jan. 6-8 in Key Biscayne, Fla. U-M opens its dual-match season on Saturday, Jan. 19, when the Wolverines host TCU at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
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