Jan. 22, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The 2002 Oklahoma men's tennis team begins its 2002 season against the University of Oklahoma-Science and Arts on January 25. The 2 p.m. match will be held in Oklahoma City at the Woodlake Country Club, located at 6901 NW 63rd St.

OU Returns Three, Welcomes Seven
Three juniors, Tobias Kronlein, Chris Mitchell and Matt Ogle, return to Oklahoma's lineup to lead the team in 2002. Kronlein saw limited action last year after suffering a foot injury, while Mitchell and Ogle headed up a small squad that finished 2-12 overall. Last season was only the third time that Head Coach Paul Lockwood finished under .500 in 14 years as a head coach.

Lockwood brought in one of his largest recruiting classes this year to take the Sooners back to the success they have experienced in previous years. Juniors Olivier Girardot and Ollivier Monferran, who attended Paul Sebatier University in France, will bring a good wealth of experience to the squad. Sophomore Sebastien Revol from UBO-Brest (France) will also add depth to the team. The four incoming freshmen hail from Oklahoma, Texas and Romania. Matt Lopez (Enid), Matt Long (Ft. Worth), Brad Prigmore (Wichita Falls) and Alex Nomicos (Targoviste, Romania) comprise a strong freshmen class that will be a good base for years to come.

Head Coach Paul Lockwood
Beginning his 15th year as the head men's tennis coach, Lockwood has experienced success with his teams both on and off the court. He has compiled a 207-131 (.612) overall record and claimed the Big Eight Conference title in 1992. Lockwood was named the Big Eight Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992 for his outstanding efforts.

For five consecutive seasons, dating back to 1996-97, Lockwood's teams have earned Academic ITA All-America honors to add to their list of accomplishments.

OU Headington Family Tennis Center
After more than three seasons without a home court, the men's tennis team will break in its new 12-court tennis complex that was completed in October of 2001. The University of Oklahoma Headington Family Tennis Center is comprised of 12 NCAA Championship courts, NCAA Championship lighting and permanent seating for 800 spectators. The tennis center is just one integral part of the athletic departments Great Expectations: Campaign for Sooner Sports.