Men's Tennis History
The Pepperdine men's tennis program has long dominated the West Coast Conference, and reached the pinnacle of its sport by capturing the 2006 NCAA championship.
The Waves rolled to 20* consecutive WCC titles between 1991 and 2010 and 42* overall since 1958, while none of their competitors have won more than three league crowns. All-time, the program has won more than 74-percent of its matches, posting a 1,068-365* record since statistics were first kept in 1958.
Pepperdine's distinguished tennis history began in the 1940s, and the Waves found early success when the program won the 1952 NAIA Championships. After the program was elevated to NCAA Division I status in 1966, Pepperdine's national prominence began. Under the tutelage of Allen Fox, the Waves became a household name in collegiate tennis in the 1980s. In 1982, Fox led Pepperdine to its first NCAA championship match. Four years later, Fox again led Pepperdine to the title match.
The Waves have had success in the NCAA singles and doubles tournament as well. Robbie Weiss won the singles title in 1988 while Kelly Jones was part of both of Pepperdine's NCAA doubles titles (1984 with Jerome Jones and 1985 with Carlos DiLaura).
Over the years, the school has produced many remarkably talented players who have moved on to professional careers as players and coaches. Since 1945, the Waves have had 79 All-American selections. Since 1998, when the award was created, a Pepperdine student-athlete has been named the WCC's Player of the Year in 14 of those 15 seasons.
Brad Gilbert is one of Pepperdine's most famous tennis products. A 1982 All-American who reached the NCAA singles final, he won 20 major tournaments as a professional and was ranked as high as #4 in the world in 1990. He won a silver medal at the 1998 Olympics in singles play. As a coach, Gilbert is known as one of the best, guiding both Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick to Grand Slam titles.
A three-time All-American, Glenn Michibata spent 10 years playing as a professional and climbed as high as No. 48 in 1986. He then served as head men's tennis coach at Princeton for 12 years before resigning after the 2012 season. While there, the Tigers went 145-121.
After his playing days, Weiss turned pro and was a top 100 player. Kelly Jones achieved the world's #1 ranking in doubles with Rick Leach in 1992 and was a finalist in three Grand Slam doubles events.
Four-time All-American Simon Aspelin, played professionally from 1998 until his retirement in 2011. He won 12 career titles in doubles, including the 2007 U.S. Open, and finished his career with a 348-303. He captured a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics for his native Sweden.
Robert Lindstedt, who played for the Waves during the 1998 season, reached the doubles final at Wimbledon for three consecutive years from 2010-2012. He represented his home country of Sweden in the 2012 Olympics in London, where he reached the second round of the men's doubles tournament. He is still active on the ATP Tour.
In addition to Gilbert, Aspelin and Lindstedt, other Pepperdine tennis Olympians include DiLaura (Peru/1984), Martin Laurendeau (Canada/1988), Kelly Jones (USA/1984), Michibata (Canada/1988), Agustin Moreno (Mexico/1988) and Andrew Sznajder (Canada/1992).
*Pepperdine later vacated all wins (75), postseason loses (3), West Coast Conference Tournament Championships (3) and NCAA Tournament appearances (3) accrued during the 2008, `09, `10 and `11 seasons due to self-reported NCAA violations. Records marked with an asterisk do not reflect this. Pepperdine's official NCAA all-time record prior to the 2012-13 season is 993-362, while Adam Steinberg's official NCAA record at Pepperdine is 146-70 and 276-149 overall. The Waves have officially won 39 WCC Tournament titles and made 33 NCAA appearances.
2006 NCAA CHAMPIONS
The Pepperdine men's tennis program reached the pinnacle of its sport in 2006, as the Waves captured the national championship at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.
Early in the tournament, the Waves swept aside Montana State (first round), TCU (second round), Florida (Sweet 16) and UCLA (quarterfinals).
The Waves had lost their only two matches of the regular season to Texas and Georgia. In the semifinals, the Waves beat the Longhorns, 4-1, and in the championship, Pepperdine upset the top-ranked and previously unbeaten Bulldogs, 4-2.
Head coach Adam Steinberg's squad led the Waves to an incredible 36-2 season, which marks the most wins ever accumulated by a national championship team.
Pedro Rico, Ivor Lovrak, Andre Begemann and Omar Altmann were named to the All-Tournament Team in singles, while all three of Pepperdine's doubles teams earned the honor. Lovrak was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Performer.