A strong player and a strong student, Alex will play at the top of the lineup in 2011 for the Golden Eagles...where his success on the tennis court has continued to improve every season, beating top players within the conference. He hopes to continue that success and help guide his team to a championship this year.
AT TECH -- In Fall 2010 (Junior): Alex continued to play ahead of the lineup for Tech this fall, finishing the season with a 2-7 singles record. He battled out a third-set victory in the UNCG Invitational as well as a backdraw win at the USTA/ITA Regional Tournament. Not only has Chen been the top singles player at Tech for the past couple of years, but he has been very strong in doubles as well. Teamed with partner, Justin Kirstein in the fall, the two finished the season with a 2-2 record. The two had a successful tournament at the UNCG Invitational where they reached the semi-finals of Flight A. They also posted a win over Liberty University at the Elon Invitational.
2009-2010 (Sophomore): Playing the top spot for Tech all season, Alex finished the year with a 16-10 overall singles record. He helped his team accomplish a second place conference finish with a 6-1 singles record in OVC matches, as well as 3-3 doubles record. Teamed with various partners thoughout the year, Alex held a 9-12 record for the season in doubles. His success this season earned him the MVP award for the men's team, as well as the selection for first-team-all-conference.
Alex posted a 5-6 record in singles play during the fall and went 3-4 in doubles...won four singles matches in a row in mid-season, including his lone contest against an OVC foe, downing Morehead State's Greg Anderson in straight sets.
In 2008-2009 (Freshman): Alex split his time between the No. 2 and No. 3 spot in the singles lineup...posted a 9-9 overall record...earned wins against two ranked teams, including a 6-2, 6-2 straight set victory over 50th ranked Patrick Bateman of West Florida...was 5-3 during the season against OVC foes...was 5-9 overall in doubles play for a combined mark of 14-18 for his rookie season.
Before Tech: A highly touted recruit who was ranked in the top 200 ITF rankings as a junior...earned an ITF Junior ranking of 155 in the world...won Grade 3 and 5 ITF Tournaments, both singles and doubles...won six ITF Tournament doubles titles...has international playing experience that will help the young Golden Eagle squad this spring... has a strong serve and a powerful ground-stroke attack...was highly recruited by ACC and Big Ten programs... played in several high-profile junior tournaments including Junior Worlds in New Zealand... played at No. 1 for the Junior Davis Cup team for Uzbekistan for several years.
Personal: Aleksandr Chen is the son of Sergey Chen and Irina Minasova of Samarkand, Uzbekistan and has one older brother, Pavel Chen who is getting his major in Computer Science in Sweden ... Alex was born January 8, 1991... majoring in business and currently owns an impressive 3.4 GPA.