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  K.J. Hippensteel
K.J. Hippensteel

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Roanoke, VA

High School:
International Academy

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 203

Major:
Human Biology

1999 NCAA Doubles Champion

Fall of 2001: Finished the fall 6-0 in singles and 3-1 in doubles ... Ranked No. 1 in the nation in the ITA Fall Singles Rankings, and is No. 7 in doubles with junior Ryan Haviland ... Also finished 2001 ranked No. 692 in the world in the ATP Singles Rankings, after achieving a career-high ranking of No. 524 earlier in the year ... Owns a career collegiate singles record of 90-23 (.796 winning percentage) ... Team co-captain with David Martin ... In his only event thus far this season, captured his second career ITA All-American Singles Championship ... Became just the second player in the 22-year history of the event to win it twice, joining only Georgia's Al Parker (1989-90) ... Hippensteel, who also won the event as a sophomore in 1999, lost just two sets in his six All-American singles victories ... He defeated four players ranked in the top 50 nationally to get to the semifinals, and then beat No. 88 Amer Delic of Illinois 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals and No. 91 Kosta Zinchanka of South Alabama 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-3 in the final ... Advanced to the semis of the ITA All-American Doubles Championships with Haviland ... The duo upset fourth seeds Daniel Kiernan and Sebastian Rutka of LSU 8-6 in the opening round.

Summer of 2001: Participated in both singles and doubles qualifying at the U.S. Open ... Singles finalist at a futures event in Chico ... Singles semifinalist at a futures tournament in Sunnyvale.

2000-01 (Junior): Finished 35-9 in singles and 23-8 in doubles ... Went 19-5 in dual singles competition, and 16-4 in doubles ... Ranked 13th in the final ITA Singles and Doubles (w/Kim) Rankings ... Named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association Singles All-American after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships ... First Team Verizon Academic All-American ... Named ITA Doubles Team of the Month in May with senior Alex Kim ... First Team Verizon Academic All-District 8 ... Named 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Doubles Team of the Year with Kim ... First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference ... First Team Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic ... Won the singles title at the ITA Northern California Regional Championships/Indoor Qualifier ... Won the Pac-10 Doubles Championship with Kim ... In singles, reeled off 14 straight wins from Feb. 10-April 10 ... At the NCAA Singles Championships, won three consecutive matches over opponents ranked among the top 45 nationally ... Eventually lost in the quarterfinals to South Carolina's Guilaume Legat 7-5, 6-4 ... Singles finalist at the Pac-10 Championships, including back-to-back three-set wins over then-No. 16 John Paul Fruttero of California (6-7, 7-6, 6-3) and then-No. 12 Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA (6-7, 7-6, 6-4) ... Clinched Stanford's 4-3 win at then-No. 1 UCLA on April 6 with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Marcin Matkowski ... Went 3-0 at the National Team Indoors in February, including straight set wins over then-No. 8 Ramsey Smith of Duke (6-4, 6-4) and then-No. 33 Jean-Noel Grinda of UCLA (6-4, 6-4) ... Turned in a dominating performance at the ITA Northern California Regional Championships/Indoor Qualifier to win his second career title in that event (1998) ... As the top seed in the tournament, lost a combined total of just 25 games in his six victories, including a 6-4, 6-1 win over Adrian Barnes of California in the final ... Advanced to the singles final of the ITA Summer Championships, where he fell to Virginia's Brian Vahaly 7-5, 6-3 ... In doubles, teamed with Kim to win 15 of their last 17 matches after a 6-4 start ... The pair won the Pacific-10 Conference Doubles Championships in April, including a 6-1, 6-1 win over Olivier Charroin and Pim Van Mele of Arizona State in the final ... In the semifinals, Hippensteel and Kim beat then-No. 12 Jean-Noel Grinda and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA 8-5 ... Advanced to the doubles semis at the ITA Summer Championships with Stanford teammate Scotty Scott ... Over the summer, was a singles quarterfinalist and doubles semifinalist at the Kansas City Futures ... Posted summer wins over 1999 NCAA Singles Champion Jeff Morrison of Florida and former Stanford teammate and fellow 1999 NCAA Doubles Champion Ryan Wolters.

1999-2000 (Sophomore): Turned in one of the most courageous and productive seasons in Stanford tennis history en route to NCAA All-American and NCAA All-Tournament honors ... Finished the season ranked eighth in the nation in singles, but was ranked as high as No. 1 on Dec. 7, and 39th in doubles (w/David Martin) ... Accomplished these feats despite missing nearly two-and-a-half months (Jan. 14-March 28) with a severe case of mononucleosis that led to a ruptured spleen ... Won the ITA All-American Singles Championships in Austin, Texas, in October, and jumped from No. 26 to No.1 in the subsequent national rankings ... But in his first match at No. 1, suffered the ruptured spleen during a match against USC's Daniel Langre at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic ... Completed the lengthy rehabilitation by first leading Stanford to the NCAA Team Title, and then advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships in scorching heat in Athens, Georgia ... Played at No. 1 singles before the injury, and No. 3 afterwards behind NCAA Champion Alex Kim and Pac-10 Champion Geoff Abrams ... Ranked as high as fifth in the ITA Doubles Rankings with Martin ... Also named Second Team All-Pac-10 and Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic ... In NCAA team doubles play, Hippensteel and Martin posted wins at the No. 2 slot in the quarters, semis and finals ... In the NCAA Singles Championships, won four matches in three days as the No. 9-16 seed, including a 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (6) third round upset over seventh-seeded Esteban Carrill of Texas Christian ... In the semis, dodged three second set match points before being outlasted by teammate and eventual champion Alex Kim 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-2 ... Semifinalist at the Pac-10 Individual Championships in April, and like the NCAAs, was eliminated by a teammate and eventual champion (Geoff Abrams 6-2, 6-4) ... Broke on to the national scene at the ITA All-American, where as an unseeded and 26th-ranked entry, posted all six of his wins in straight sets to capture the title ... All six wins came over opponents ranked in the top 40 by the ITA (four of them over seeded players), including sixth-seeded Brian Vahaly of Virginia (6-1, 6-3) in the final ... In addition, three of the players Hippensteel defeated at the All-American finished the year ranked in the top five nationally (No. 3 Daniel Andersson of Virginia Commonwealth, No.4 Shuon Madden of Texas A&M and No.5 Vahaly) ... Featured as a Sports Illustrated "Face In The Crowd" after the All-American win, and won ITA Singles Player of the Month honors for October ... Teamed with Martin to win the ITA Northern California Regional Championships/Indoor Qualifier doubles title in Seattle, and the pair also advanced to the quarters of the ITA All-American doubles draw ... Along with Stanford teammate Alex Kim, helped lead the U.S. to the finals of the Windmill Cup at Wimbledon ... Beat 1999 NCAA Champion Jeff Morrison at the Godfrey Pro Tournament ... Played in the U.S. Open doubles main draw for the second consecutive year.

1998-99 (Freshman): Won the NCAA Doubles Championship with senior Ryan Wolters ... Ranked No. 42 in singles and No. 2 in doubles (with Wolters) in the ITA Final Rankings ... Wolters and Hippensteel were unseeded at NCAAs, and after losing a set in their first round win, lost only 18 games over the final four matches and eight in the final two to win the title convincingly ... The duo became Stanford's second consecutive NCAA Double Champions and 13th overall ... Named Region VIII Rookie of the Year ... Second Team All-Pacific-10 Conference ... Doubles quarterfinalist with Wolters at the Pac-10 Championships ... Also reached the second round of the singles draw of the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai ... Teamed with Wolters to win the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, and also reached the singles quarters of that event ... Singles and doubles champion (with Wolters) at the ITA Northern California Regional Championships/Indoor Qualifier ... Reached the doubles quarterfinalist at the ITA All-American Championships with Wolters.

Prior to Stanford: 1998: U.S. Junior Open Doubles Champion with Stanford teammate David Martin ... Doubles Champion at USTA Nationals ... Doubles semifinalist at Wimbledon Juniors ... Ranked as high as third in the ITF World Rankings for Doubles 18's, and was the third highest ranked American in the singles rankings ... The United States Tennis Association sent him to Mexico, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Italy, Belgium, France and England ... Was the No. 1 player in the Mid-Atlantic Section in 18's for two consecutive years ... 1997: Singles and doubles quarterfinalist at the International Grass Court Championships ... Reached the singles round of 16 at the Yucatan World Cup and the Eddie Herr International ... 1994:Went from No. 111 in USTA Nationally as a 12 year old to No. 2 in the country by age 14.

Personal: Son of Kirk and Bonnie Hippensteel ... Received high school degree from the ESI International Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina and also attended Palmer Prep School in Tampa, Florida ... Named to Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Dick Gould Says: "I think the sky's the limit for K.J. He can do everything. He has been unbelievably consistent at the NCAA Championships, winning the doubles title as a freshman, reaching the singles semifinals as a sophomore and the singles quarterfinals as a junior. K.J. is the only player I have had who has come close to achieving what Roscoe Tanner did in his time here (NCAA Doubles champion, two-time singles finalist, singles semifinalist).

Career Statistics (Singles):
Year
1
2
3
4
5
6
Dual
Season
1998-99
-
-
15-2
4-0
-
-
19-2
29-7
1999-2000
2-0
-
5-4
-
-
-
7-4
20-7
2000-01
2-1
17-4
-
-
-
-
19-5
35-9
2001 (fall)
-
-
-
-
-
-
0-0
6-0
Career
4-1
17-4
20-6
4-0
-
-
45-11
90-23

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