Pro Bruin Rundown: Maxime Cressy advances in Australian Open, Jrue Holiday returns to the court
Former UCLA men’s tennis player Maxime Cressy goes for a volley. Cressy competed in the fourth round of the Australian Open but fell to Daniil Medvedev in four sets Sunday. (Daily Bruin file photo)
By Nick Darrow
Jan. 24, 2022 4:28 p.m.
Sports are in full swing all year long – from the prep level to the professional ranks. Each Monday, Daily Bruin Sports will highlight a few moments from former UCLA greats over the past week.
Men’s tennis: Maxime Cressy
For the first time in his career, Maxime Cressy reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam.
After winning a doubles title for UCLA in 2019, Cressy turned pro and immediately hit the ground running on the ATP Tour.
Securing an automatic bid to the 2022 Australian Open because of his ranking, Cressy opened his run with an upset over No. 22 seed John Isner. Following two more match wins, Cressy made the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in his three-year professional career.
Ahead of his fourth-round draw, Cressy jumped up the ranks to No. 70 – the highest rank he has had since turning pro.
Cressy’s tournament performance came to an end Sunday night with a loss to No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev in four sets.
Men’s basketball: Jrue Holiday, Milwaukee Bucks
After an injury sidelined him for six games, Jrue Holiday finally made his return for the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.
A left ankle injury took the former Bruin out of the Bucks’ lineup for a short period of time, but he was able to put up 26 points against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.
Milwaukee has gone 3-0 since his return and sits at fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.
Holiday is averaging 18.2 points, 6.4 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting at a 49.3% clip on the season, making him a candidate for his second All-Star Game.
The second-oldest of three NBA-playing brothers, Holiday played for UCLA during the 2008-2009 season, when he helped the Bruins make the second round of the NCAA tournament and was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
Football: Krys Barnes and Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers
Two former Bruins saw their season end in the NFL divisional round.
Linebacker Krys Barnes, defensive lineman Kenny Clark and the Green Bay Packers fell to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL playoffs Saturday 13-10.
Combining for 13 tackles – six from Clark and seven for Barnes – the two Bruins were tasked with pressuring their opponent on defense, but it wasn’t enough, as the San Francisco defense stepped up and allowed 10 points.
Barnes and Clark both played 16 games this season, with the former tallying 58 total tackles and the latter 27 solo tackles and four sacks.
Barnes played four seasons in Westwood from 2016 to 2019, and was a Pro Football Focus All-Pac-12 Third Team player. The linebacker went unselected in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Packers agreed to a three-year deal with him as an undrafted free agent.
Clark, a Bruin from 2013 to 2015, appeared in 39 games and started in 30 contests with UCLA, making the All-Pac-12 Second Team as a sophomore and then securing All-Pac-12 First Team honors as a junior. Clark was eventually selected with the No. 27 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Packers.