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  Ali Ansari
Ali Ansari

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Houston, TX

High School:
Second Baptist

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 168

Major:
Economics

2000-01 (Senior): Ranked 83rd in singles (up 13 spots from the preseason) and 32nd in doubles (w/Scotty Scott) in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Rankings (Dec. 7) … Captured Sherwood Collegiate Cup doubles title with Scotty Scott ... Also won consolation singles title at Sherwood ... Finished the fall 5-2 in singles and 5-4 in doubles (w/Scotty Scott) … Tri-captain with fellow seniors Alex Kim and Scotty Scott … Enjoyed the best tournament of his career at the ITA Indoor Qualifying/Regional Tournament in Berkeley on Oct. 29-31 … As the seventh seed, Ansari won four straight matches to reach the semifinals, including a three-set upset of third-seeded Matt Hanlin of Washington in the quarters (2-6, 7-6, 6-4) … He then lost to teammate K.J. Hippensteel (6-3, 6-3) in straight sets in the semis … Fell to Marko Cerenko of Duke, who is No. 2 in the ITA Fall Singles Rankings, 6-3, 6-3 in a first round qualifying match at the ITA All-American Championships … In doubles, advanced to the quarters of the ITA Regional w/Scotty Scott … In the preseason, was ranked 96th in singles and unranked in doubles (Sept. 11) … In the 2000 ATP end-of-the-year rankings, finished tied for 1434th in singles and tied for 1327th in doubles … This summer, upset John Paul Fruttero (ITA No.38 in the preseason) at the Berkeley Challenger en route to qualifying for the round of 16, as well as advancing to the doubles quarters … Received a wild card into the Houston Challenger and advanced to the round of 16 in the doubles draw.

1999-00 (Junior): Saw the majority of his time at No. 6 singles, but played as high as No. 4 on the ladder … Went 23-8 in singles, including an impressive 18-5 dual mark, and 24-6 in doubles (24-5 overall, 20-3 duals w/Scotty Scott) … Won 10 of his final 12 singles matches … Seventeen of his 18 dual victories came in straight sets … Named Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic … Provided the clinching victory in Stanford’s 4-0 NCAA third round win over Minnesota … Singles finalist at the Pac-10 Invitational in Ojai in April … Upset then-No. 79 Chris Sands of UCLA in straight sets to help Stanford defeat the Bruins 4-3 in the National Team Indoor Finals on Feb. 27 in Louisville … In the fall, advanced to the second round of the singles draw at the ITA Regionals in Seattle … Reached the doubles quarters of the ITA Regionals with Scotty Scott … Over the summer, advanced to the doubles quarterfinals at the Berkeley Satellite.

1998-99 (Sophomore): In his first season in the starting lineup, posted an impressive 17-6 dual mark (3-0 @ No. 5, 14-6 @ No. 6) … Reached the singles quarterfinals at the Pac-10 Invitational in Ojai … Seeded alphabetically at the ITA Regionals where he reached the fourth round … Advanced to the doubles quarters at regionals w/Scotty Scott.

1997-98 (Freshman): Finished the year with a 5-0 dual match record and 10-2 overall mark ... Singles quarterfinalist at the ITA Regional ... Ranked 99th in the preseason ITA Collegiate Rankings ... Singles quarterfinalist in the America West Championships. Prior to Stanford: 1997: Cracked the national rankings at age nine, and remained there through high school … Graduated from Second Baptist High School … 1996: Corpus Christi Major Zone Singles Champion ... Finished second in the Texas Super Section ... Dallas Major Zone Singles Champion ... Quarterfinalist in the Kalamazoo consolation draw ... Played varsity basketball for state champion Second Baptist ... 1995: Austin Major Zone winner ... Corpus Christi Major Zone Champion ... Second in Texas Super Section ... 1994: Corpus Christi Major Zone Champion ... Second place in Texas Super Section ... 1993: Played first of four consecutive years at Kalamazoo.

Dick Gould Says: "Ali had a solid year in 2000, and was much improved as the year progressed. He’s a great battler on the court, and an outstanding doubles player. He’s poised for a great senior season."


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