Johnny Grimal Named Men's Tennis Player of the Week
April 15, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
Senior men's tennis player Johnny Grimal was named the American Athletic Conference men's tennis player of the week by the league office, Tuesday. It is the first career player of the week honor for Grimal, who helped the Tigers to a pair of conference wins last weekend and the top seed for this weekend's American Athletic Conference championship tournament. The win also vaulted Memphis back into the Top 25 at No. 21 in the latest polls.
Grimal becomes the fourth different Tiger to earn the weekly honor this spring and is the fifth to be recognized by the league office this season. Teammates David O'Leary, Connor Glennon and Joe Salisbury have also earned the weekly honor and Salisbury and David O'Hare earned Player of the Month honors back in October.
Grimal was 3-0 last weekend and his three-set win at No. 3 singles against No. 25 USF ended up being the deciding point in a win that propelled the Tigers past USF in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) standings and in to the top spot for the conference tournament that starts in Memphis on Friday.
Grimal also teamed with Ian Chadwell to pick up a doubles win against USF, improving their record to 15-1 on the season and 12-1 at the No. 3 doubles spot. The duo was leading in their doubles match against UCF on Friday when the point was decided, so they were unable to finish that match.
With two singles wins on the weekend, Grimal improves his career singles record at Memphis to 85-40, including a career mark of 14-2 at No. 3 singles. His 85 career singles victories is the Memphis career record. Teammate Joe Salisbury is just behind Grimal in the record book with a career mark of 77-54. His 77 career singles wins is tied with Alex Bucewicz for second all-time in the Memphis record book.
With the top seed in the American Athletic Conference championships, the Tigers have earned a first round bye and will face the winner of the UCF/SMU match on Saturday at 2 p.m. All of the matches of the conference championship will be played at The Racquet Club of Memphis. Admission is free for all matches, which start Friday at 9 a.m. when No. 2 seed USF faces No. 7 seeded UConn. That match will be followed at noon by No. 3 Louisville facing No. 6 seeded Temple. The last match of the day will start at 3 p.m. and will feature No. 4 seeded UCF facing No. 5 seeded SMU.