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UCLA men’s tennis heads to Ojai for Pac-12 championship quarterfinals

Giacomo Revelli fires a forehand during a match. The junior has shown continuous improvement this season. (Julia Zhou/Photo editor)

Men's Tennis


No. 6 seed Oregon
Thursday, 6 p.m.

Libbey Park, Ojai

By Chloe Agas

April 24, 2024 2:53 p.m.

Tennis hinges on quick movements and rapid reflexes.

And for coach Billy Martin, this week’s Pac-12 championship is the ultimate physical test.

“It’s going to be a real physical contest – it’ll be the first time we’ll potentially play three matches in a row,” Martin said.

No. 3 seed UCLA men’s tennis (14-6, 5-2 Pac-12) will head to Ojai, California, for the Pac-12 championships, where it will compete against No. 6 seed Oregon (14-12, 3-5) in the quarterfinals Thursday night at Libbey Park.

Junior Giacomo Revelli is no stranger to these physical tests.

Revelli – a sophomore at the time of last season’s Pac-12 quarterfinal loss – was the sole victor in the match’s singles action, defeating Utah’s Geronimo Espin Busleiman in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

Earlier this season, Revelli secured a win against then-No. 2 TCU, clinching a prolonged tiebreak against a nationally-ranked Pedro Vives 6-4, 6-3, 11-9. The win was subsequent to a loss against Columbia’s Alex Kotzen two days before.

“In the match against Columbia, my backhand wasn’t as aggressive.” Revelli said after the march against TCU on March 13. “I stepped up a little bit with the intensity of my backhand but also my overall game, and I felt that helped a lot in my win.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Revelli bounced back. After four consecutive losses–against Harvard, Arizona, Arizona State and USC – he ruptured the losing streak in a three-set battle against Oregon’s Matthew Burton 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The win proved to be a clincher, having secured the final tally to put the Bruins at 4-3.

In the Bruins’ 4-0 victory against Utah this past weekend, Revelli secured the final Pac-12 regular season win in straight sets against Dylan Applegate 7-5, 7-5, demonstrating his prowess to clinch in crucial moments.

“I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a player,” Revelli said. “I’ve grown in maturity and gaining recognition. All the things that I’ve worked on day in and day out lead to small improvements everywhere.”

(Nicolas Greamo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Members of UCLA men’s tennis cheer on their team from the sideline. The crew begins its campaign in the Pac-12 championship Thursday against Oregon. (Nicolas Greamo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Martin said the team’s collective growth remains steadfast, not defined by the past.

“I think the guys are growing as players and getting some confidence,” Martin said. “We’re excited to start the Pac-12 tournament, more so than we have been in the last few years when we’ve been a little bit banged up and not have a full complement of our top guys.”

UCLA boasts an all-time record of 27-0 against Oregon. If the squad was to emerge victorious, it would meet the victor of No. 7 seed USC and No. 2 seed Arizona for the semifinals.

A win for the latter would set the stage for a rematch between the Bruins and the Wildcats – an early-season bout in which the former fell 4-1 to the latter.

With his squad’s confidence, Martin said a win Thursday will grant a chance to revel in redemption against the loss to Arizona.

“We know we have a chance against Oregon,” Martin said. “If we are fortunate enough to beat Oregon to play Arizona, we relish the chance to possibly get a second chance to play them.”

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