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Alex Chen
Alex Chen
Height: 5-10
Year: Senior
Hometown: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
High School: School #51
Major: Business

A strong player and a strong student, Alex has been an outstanding leader for the Golden Eagles during his career...two-time all-OVC selection...winner of the Johnny Donnelly Maverick Award as a junior and team MVP as a sophomore...will continue to play at the top of the lineup in 2012 for the Golden Eagles...his success on the tennis courts has continued to improve every season...a competitor who won't back down...determined player who gives a monumental effort every time on the court..heads into the spring schedule with a 39-36 career record in singles matches.

AT TECH -- In Fall 2011 (Senior):
Alex continued to gain valuable, top-notch experience during fall tournament play, posting a combined 6-7 record including 3-5 in singles action and 3-2 paired with Syrym Abdukhailikov in doubles...earned a tough singles win against Eastern Kentucky, along with wins against Louisiana-Lafayette and Lipscomb.  

In 2010-11 (Junior):
Alex continued to play at the top of the lineup for Tech and was an inspirational leader for the team...earned second-team all-OVC honors...captured the Johnny Donnelly Maverick Award for his determination...despite the death of his father just days before the OVC Tournament, he chose to stay and play...won his doubles match, then won his singles contest to break a 3-3 tie and clinch a victory for Tech in the opening round to allow the team to advance....enjoyed outstanding success in the spring season, posting a 9-5 singles record in dual matches, including a 4-2 record against the OVC...earned a 9-4 record at No. 1 singles...finished the year strong by going 7-3 in his final 10 outings...was 5-10 overall in doubles drills during the spring, including a 3-4 mark when paired with Kirstein...during the fall season managed a 2-7 singles record... ...battled out a three-set victory in the UNCG Invitational as well as a backdraw win at the USTA/ITA Regional Tournament...teamed with Justin Kirstein in the fall and 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.

2009-2010 (Sophomore):
Playing the top spot for Tech all season, Alex finished the year with a 16-10 overall singles record... 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 earned him the MVP award and first-team-all-conference honors...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 singles 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.