2010 Hall of Fame Inductee: Simon Aspelin
Oct. 6, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. -- The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics' 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is coming up quickly and tickets to the annual event are still available.
The ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 17, at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, Calif. Check-in and a welcome reception will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner and the awards presentation at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 per plate and can be purchased by contacting Heather Collart at 310-506-6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is October 12 to make a reservation.
From now until the event, PepperdineSports.com will be running profiles on each of the inductees. Today is Simon Aspelin's turn:
One of just two Waves that have earned All-American honors all four years in men's tennis, Simon Aspelin's career rose to another level when he won the doubles title at the 2007 U.S. Open and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.
A native of Borlange, Sweden, Aspelin had been part of the Swedish Junior National Team and ranked among the world's top 50 juniors before his arrival at Pepperdine. During his four-year career with the Waves (1994-97), Aspelin matched Kelly Jones' record of four consecutive All-American appearances.
Aspelin was the 1997 West Coast Conference Player of the Year and helped Pepperdine to four consecutive league titles. The Waves competed in the NCAA postseason all four years, making the quarterfinals in 1995, the round of 16 in 1996 and regional play in 1994 and 1997. Pepperdine's final ITA ranking was no worse than 12th in any of his four seasons, and was #5 at the conclusion of the 1995 season. The Waves posted a 90-24 record in dual matches during his time.
Though a doubles expert as a professional, Aspelin did more in singles at the NCAA Championships while an athlete at Pepperdine. In singles, he reached the quarterfinals in 1996, the third round in 1995 and the second round in 1997. He was ranked in the ITA's top 25 in singles at the end of each of his final three seasons. In doubles, he made the quarterfinals in 1994 and the first round in 1995.
Over the four seasons, he had a 77-20 record in dual singles matches. At the time of his departure, he ranked third in career victories at Pepperdine (he's now tied for fifth) and fifth in career winning percentage (.794, he's now eighth).
Aspelin and Troy Budgen posted an impressive 24-1 record in dual doubles matches in 1994, a win total that stood as the school record for 12 seasons.
As a professional, Aspelin has won 12 doubles titles, including the aforementioned U.S. Open crown in 2007. As the #10 seed, he and partner Julian Knowle knocked off top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan in the quarterfinals before defeating ninth-seeded Pavel Vizner and Lukas Dlouhy in the final. Aspelin has also won eight ATP Tour titles and three ATP International Series Gold events.
He has been ranked as high as #7 in the world in doubles.
Aspelin has represented his native Sweden in both the Davis Cup and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he and partner Thomas Johansson clinched a medal with a 19-17 third-set victory in the semifinals. In the gold-medal match, a Swiss duo that featured Roger Federer ended Aspelin and Johansson's run. It was Sweden's first doubles medal in tennis since 1988.
Aspelin, who now resides in London, England, graduated from Pepperdine in 1998 with a degree in economics. While completing his degree he served as a student assistant coach during the 1998 season.