Hamza to Assist Ute Coaching Staff

Captain Slim Hamza

Captain Slim Hamza

Salt Lake City, UT – Former Ute standout Slim Hamza will remain part of the Ute tennis team as a student-assistant coach during the 2015/2016 school year.

“We are very fortunate to retain Slim for our program,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “It’s a great opportunity for Slim to learn the coaching trade, while sharing his rich knowledge and great experiences with our student-athletes. It’s a real win-win situation.”

Slim Hamza – Monday, February 16, 2015 – Eccles Tennis Center – Salt Lake City, UT Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle

Slim Hamza – Monday, February 16, 2015 – Eccles Tennis Center – Salt Lake City, UT Photo Credit: Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle

Hamza was forced to retire from competitive tennis last year due to a nagging back injury. During his time with the Utes, Hamza earned a career high ranking of No. 34 in the nation, reached the round of 16 at the All-American Championships, clinched wins over every team in the Pac-12 and is a three time All-Pac-12 honoree.

Slim, the most decorated athlete for Utah tennis since joining the Pac-12, is excited to continue establishing Utah’s program in the Conference of Champions.”It’s an honor for me to still be able to contribute and help out the team,” said Slim Hamza. Especially with the new outdoor facility, I’m thankful for the opportunity and I am looking forward to this year, ready to learn something new every day.”


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U Fan Fest is Aug. 29

10176343SALT LAKE CITY – The annual U Fan Fest will take place on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 5-7 p.m. and Rice Eccles Stadium. Admission is free, and representatives of all 18 Utah varsity teams will be present at the event.

Utah fans can interact, play games, and have photo and autograph opportunities with Utah student-athletes. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Homecoming rally towel from the Alumni Association. There will be a performance from the Utah Spirit Team, including a Red Thunder Drum performance. ESPN 700 will broadcast live from the event, and concessions and new Utah merchandise will be available for purchase. For the first time, various academic departments will participate in the event, brining new activities and giveaways.IMG_1489

Fans can park for free in the west Eccles stadium lot and enter through the main west gate. Come meet the 2015-2016 Utah tennis team and other Utes!

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Utes Announce Fall Camps

Head Coach Roeland Brateanu

Head Coach Roeland Brateanu

After a successful first year of after-school programming and summer camps at the Eccles Tennis Center, the University of Utah Men’s Tennis Staff is excited to announce a new schedule of programs for this fall.

The Utes will offer two sessions of camps: August 31 – October 15 and October 26 – December 10 (No camp the week of Thanksgiving). The follow camps are for juniors of all ages and levels: Pee-Wee Tennis Camp, Junior Development Camp, and High School Varsity Camp. Utah Head Men’s Tennis Coach Roeland Brateanu, Assistant Coach Daniel Pollock, and counselors from the Men’s Tennis Team will instruct the camps.

Assistant Coach Daniel Pollock

Assistant Coach Daniel Pollock

1. Campers may now choose how many times per week, and on which day they wish to attend classes, based on what fits best around their individual schedules.
2. PeeWee camp has been reduced to 1 hour per session, while the High School Camp has increased to 2 hours per session.

Cost is based on the maximum number of players per court and the total hours per camp and is due on or before the first day. Refunds will not be given after the first session has started and no discounts are available.

All camps are open to all and any entrants. However, we strongly recommend that high school campers have some sort of competitive playing experience.

In order to register for a camp, please register HERE. Make sure to sign the mandatory waiver documentation and pay BEFORE attending the first day of camp. By NCAA rule, we cannot permit anyone without proper registration documentation and payment to participate in any camp. No exceptions!

IMPORTANT! It is NO LONGER possible to register via email, phone or simply by showing up on the first day of camp. Your spot will not be held until a completed application and payment has been received.

For information on the pricing, time, and content of each specific camp, please refer to the Camps tab at the top of the page. Pro-rating is available only for those people registering after the camp has started.

To register for camps, please click HERE.
For pricing, time, and content click HERE.
For more information, please email menstennis@utah.edu.
For any additional information on private and/or group lessons, please click HERE.

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Utah Releases 2015/2016 Schedule

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT  – The University of Utah men’s tennis team released their preliminary 2015/2016 schedule today. The Utes home line-up is highlighted by conference matches against four national championship contenders, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Cal.

“This should be a very tough, exciting and challenging schedule for our young group of guys,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Every weekend should provide us with a lot of challenges, which is exactly what we need to keep improving.”

Utah will host BYU this year in the Deseret First Duel on Saturday February, 20, 2016, in an attempt to beat BYU for the 3rd year in a row. Furthermore, the Utes will host ranked teams in Boise State, South Alabama, UNLV and LMU.

The Utes will be tested in tough non-conference road bouts versus No. 40 New Mexico, Penn and No. 53 Denver, and will play Pac-12 foes Oregon, Washington and Arizona on the road.

The dual match season will kick off as Utah travels to Honolulu, HI to face San Francisco, Hawaii, and Sacramento State on January 15, 17, and 18, 2016.

The Utes’ fall individual schedule is highlighted by a trip to the ITF Futures in Costa Mesa, California and the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 3-11, 2015. The new outdoor courts at the Eccles Tennis Center will see their first action during the Utah Invitational Tournament, hosing Weber State, Air Force and Montana State September 25-27, 2015.

Click here to view Utah’s preliminary schedule. Also, check out the Utes on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Cowley and Sierra Named ITA Scholar Athletes

Matt Cowley, ITA Scholar Athlete

Matt Cowley, ITA Scholar Athlete

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah men’s tennis players Santiago Sierra and Matt Cowley were named ITA Scholar Athletes for their accomplishments in the classroom during the 2014-2015 school year.

Cowley, a Pac-12 honorable mention all-academic selection, has a 3.34 GPA in psychology and Sierra currently maintains a 3.88 GPA after completing his freshman year with the Utes.

Santiago Sierra, ITA Scholar Athlete

Santiago Sierra, ITA Scholar Athlete

In order to earn ITA Scholar Athlete status a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of 3.5 or better for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.

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Ute Tennis Camps a Huge Success!

2015 Junior Summer Camp 1From PeeWees to adults, everyone was welcome at the University of Utah men’s tennis camps over the last couple of weeks at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center and they were a huge hit.

“It was a lot of work, but we had a blast with all of our campers over the past two weeks,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “This was a great opportunity for us to share our coaching philosophy with the community and it was extra special to be the first ones to have used the new outdoor tennis facility.”

2015 Summer Camp 2The Utes hosted a junior camp during the day from 9am-4pm Monday through Thursday and hosted a camp tournament on Friday from 9am-1pm. Campers enjoyed lunch in the new athlete-only cafeteria in Utah’s $34 million Spence & Cleone Eccles Football Center, met players from the men’s and women’s tennis teams, had tours through Utah’s top notch facilities to get a close look at the life of a student-athletes at the U and had the opportunity to win prizes. In the evening, from 6.30-8.30pm the coaching staff hosted camps for adults.

“We had almost 50 juniors and about 15 adult campers,” continued Brateanu. “Great numbers for the first time we hosted summer camps and we are looking to continue to grow and share our philosophy with more and more people in the tennis community.”

For more information on camps and to register for upcoming camps, click here.

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Cowley/Willems Win Utah State Open

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems (Photo by Chris Samuels, Daily Utah Chronicle)

Salt Lake City, UT – Ute doubles tandem Matt Cowley and Cedric Willems have won the Ivory Homes Utah State Open Doubles Championships today, beating Stefan Cooper and Sanjay Goswami 6-2, 6-2 in the finals. The No. 1 seeded Utes dominated the tournament only dropping 7 games the entire tournament on their way to the title.

Earlier this month, the ITA announced that Cowley/Willems finished the year ranked No. 90 in the nation, becoming the first Ute doubles team to finish the year ranked since 2009.

In singles play, Cedric Willems reached the finals by beating his doubles partner 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals, but fell short in a close 3-set match to Spencer Smith, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, in the singles championship match.

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