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Utah tennis provides a modern and professional approach to player development on and off the court. Renowned experts in the field of human performance provide individualized programs and detailed feedback to student-athletes, ensuring a comprehensive, scientific and player-oriented model for maximizing athletic and academic success. The unrivaled support system at the University of Utah provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a competitive team environment and challenge the best that college tennis has to offer in the Pac-12 Conference. All this, under the guidance of a young and energetic coaching staff, that has experience coaching at the highest level of professional tennis and a proven track record of player development, driven to prepare players for a career on the ATP Tour.

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Head Coach


Roeland Brateanu, honored as the ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year three straight years from 2017-19, is in his sixth season as the head coach at his alma mater and has returned the program to its winning ways.

After guiding Utah to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 years in 2018, Brateanu orchestrated a repeat performance in 2019. The Utes’ 70-42 record since 2016 is the best four-season mark for the program since the early 1980s.

Last season, Utah won 17 matches and earned the No. 1 final ranking in the ITA Mountain Region for the second consecutive year. The Utes were ranked 42nd nationally, marking the third time in the last four seasons the team has been in the ITA rankings at season’s end. Dan Little became the first Ute to qualify for the NCAA Championships in singles play since 2007 and the first to advance to the second round since 1997.

In 2018, Utah finished with a 19-10 record for its most wins since 1989, including the best non-conference record in school history of 17-2. The Utes peaked at No. 24 in the ITA national rankings, making their first appearance in the Top 25 in over three decades./p>

The U has won 12 ITA Regional Awards and placed six student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Conference teams under Brateanu. Academically, the team posted a record-setting 3.54 GPA in 2016-17. Utah landed program-best seven student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic teams in 2017-18.

During his playing and coaching career, Brateanu has worked with numerous ATP and WTA players, most notably serving as a hitting partner for 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, French Open finalist Martin Verkerk, and former world No. 1 player Jennifer Capriati. In 2006, he assisted the Guatemalan Fed Cup and Junior Fed Cup Team to what were record performances at the time.

Upon his return to the U in 2007 as an assistant coach, Brateanu helped the Utes win their first Mountain West Conference championship in 2008. Utah players have won numerous accolades under his guidance, including Little earning the ITA Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year Award in 2019. Brateanu has also coached a Conference Player of the Year on two occasions, an ITA Regional Player to Watch two times, and the ITA Region Most Improved Player twice. Brateanu has coached four Davis Cup players at the U. In his final year before becoming Utah’s head coach, he earned the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2014.

Brateanu transferred to Utah from Arizona and played two years primarily at No. 1 singles and doubles, earning all-MWC accolades three times. He was named the 2004 ITA Mountain Region Arthur Ashe Award winner.


Sten Van Beurden

Associate Head Coach

Sten Van Beurden is in his second season as the Utes' associate head coach. A native of the Netherlands, Van Beurden, came to Utah with years of successful collegiate and ATP Tour coaching experience. He was a Davis Cup captain for Indonesia in 2009.

On the tour, Van Beurden was a full time traveling coach for several top 200 players, including 2004 NCAA singles champion Benjamin Becker (No. 35 ATP), 2005 NCAA singles champion Benedikt Dorsch (No. 127 ATP) and Romanian national champion Marius Copil (No. 73 ATP).

He served as a hitting partner for multiple international tennis players, including 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek (No. 4 in the ATP) and 2003 French Open finalist Martin Verkerk (No. 14 ATP).

As a collegiate coach, Van Beurden was an assistant men's coach at Georgia State from 2000-01 before taking over as the head coach from 2001-02. After his stint at Georgia State, Van Beurden was an assistant at Baylor from 2002-03.

Possibly his biggest accomplishment of his career was to guide both Francisco Bahamonde and Manuel Pena Lopez to top-20 ITF World Junior Rankings, and guiding Bahamonde to become the youngest player in ATP history to win points at age 14.

Sten and his wife Tatiana have two sons, Valentin (13) and Timo (11).

Graeme Cox

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Graeme Cox, a former player at Utah, returned to the men's tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant. This is his 21st season with the Utes.

Cox, one of Utah’s all-time leaders in singles wins, served two stints as a full time assistant coach with the Utes. He earned the ITA Mountain Region Assistant Coach of the year Award in 2007.

As a player, Cox was a member of Utah teams that won the 1990 WAC title and advanced to the ‘90 and ‘91 NCAA Indoor Championships. In 1992, he won the Region VII Sportsmanship Award. Since finishing his Utah career, Cox has won two USTA Golden Balls in singles and is the reigning two-time 40s-and-over Indoor National Champion. He also earned a USTA Silver Ball in doubles, and has won eight Utah State Open Championships in doubles and one in singles.

Matt Cowley

Director of Tennis Operations

Matt Cowley is Utah's first director of tennis operations. Cowley assists the men's and women's tennis teams and helps manage the George S. Eccles Tennis Center under supervision of head men's tennis coach Roeland Brateanu.

Cowley previously served as the assistant men's tennis coach at BYU, a position he held for one season as the Cougars finished a program-best third place in the West Coast Conference. Cowley played No. 1 singles and doubles at Utah and graduated from the U. in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He was the first player in program history to receive Pac-12 All Academic status three consecutive years.

High Performance Team

The High Performance Team is an initiative of head coach Roeland Brateanu to integrate all facets of the world-class services available to Utah student-athletes into a professional, well-balanced team. Through innovation, expertise, collaboration and communication, the team provides individualized care to maximize each student-athlete's physical and psychological potential, leading to peak performances in the classroom and on the tennis court.

Craig Chelette

Athletic Trainer

Ernie Rimer

Director of Sports Science

Nicole Detling

Sports Psychologist

Scott Willis

Strength & Conditioning

Sarah Green

Academic Advisor

Lauren Jones

Director of Sports Nutrition

Dr. Dave Petron

Team Physician

Dan Little

2019 NCAA Singles Qualifier

Team Facilities

Utah men's tennis utilizes some of the finest facilities in the nation.

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George S. Eccles Tennis Center

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Two of Utah's three ITA Hall of Fame members: Jim Osborne (left) and coach Harry James (right).

26 conference championships, dating back to its first in 1928 as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

16 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1977 (under the team championship format) with 10 of those teams making it to the Sweet 16. The Utes returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 21 years in 2018 and made an appearance once again in 2019.

One NCAA singles champion: Greg Holmes (1983)

Three ITA Hall of Fame members: Harry James, Jim Osbourne and Greg Holmes.

12 All-America awards captured by eight players: Jim Osborne (twice), Jeff Robbins, FD Robbins (twice), Christian Schultes, Dan Bleckinger (twice), Greg Holmes, Kent Crawford (twice), Christian Svensson

79 all-conference selections since 1981. Slim Hamza, Dan Little and David Micevski were named All-Pac-12 three times during Utah’s Pac-12 era since 2012.

18 student-athletes have earned 36 Pac-12 All-Academic honors in eight years.

Four ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winners: Graeme Cox, Brandon Owen, Roeland Brateanu and Egbert Weverink.

Six Conference Player of the Year awards.

Four Conference Coach of the Year accolades.

Three ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year awards won by Roeland Brateanu (2017-19).

Utah's Greatest Fun Facts

Greg Holmes owned the record for longest match played in Wimbledon history before the epic Isner-Mahut match in 2010.

FD Robbins was a part of the longest match played in U.S. Open history getting a second round win over Dick Dell in 1970.

Jim Osborne won a bronze medal in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in mixed doubles and won five ATP titles in doubles. He was also a member of the 1968 U.S. Davis Cup Team that beat Australia in the finals.

Steve Krulevitz represented Israel in the Davis Cup and captained the team as well.

Frithjof Prydz represented Norway in Davis Cup while also being a national ski champion, representing Norway in the 1972 Winter Olympics.

David Freed was U.S. Davis Cup Team captain from 1960-62

Johan Hoegstedt's brother, Thomas, was a Swedish professional tennis player and coached Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki

Wallace Stegner, an American novelist, environmentalist and historian who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972, played at Utah in the late 1920s.

Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner played for the Utes in the late 1920s

Utes in the Grand Slams

SINGLES Australian Roland Garros Wimbledon U.S. Open
FD Robbins - - - R32
Jim Osborne R16 R128 R64 R16
Steve Krulevitz R64 R64 R32 R64
Greg Holmes R64 R64    
Dan Bleckinger - - R32 R64
DOUBLES Australian Roland Garros Wimbledon U.S. Open
FD Robbins - - - R64
Jim Osborne QF R16 QF SF
Steve Krulevitz SF R16 R16 R16
Greg Holmes R64 R64 R16 R32
Dan Bleckinger - - R16 -
David Sherbeck - - - R64
MIXED DOUBLES Australian Roland Garros Wimbledon U.S. Open
Jim Osborne R64 - - R32
Steve Krulevitz - QF R64 R16
Greg Holmes - - R16 R32
David Sherbeck - - QF -

Davis Cup Utes

David Freed (captain) – USA

Jim Osborne – USA (Davis Cup Champion)

Steve Krulevitz (player and captain) – Israel

Jon-Erik Ross – Norway

Frithjof Prydz – Norway

John Erik Rustad (player and captain) – Norway

Jean-Marc Arends – Aruba

Benito Suriano – El Salvador

Slim Hamza – Tunisia

David Micevski – Macedonia

Santiago Sierra – Mexico

David Micevski

2018-19 Recap

Utah made its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships, earned a No. 1 final ranking in the ITA Mountain Region, and finished at No. 42 in the national rankings last season.

The Utes finished 17-12 in dual match play with head coach Roeland Brateanu earning ITA Mountain Region Coach of the Year for the third straight season and outgoing senior Dan Little being named the ITA Mountain Region Senior Player of the Year. Little was the first Ute to qualify for the NCAA Championships in singles since 2007 and the first to advance to the second round in the bracket since 1997.

Utah also had a pair of players earn top-100 final rankings with Little earning a No. 45 ranking and fellow senior David Micevski coming it at No. 93. It was the first time the U had two players earn final top-100 rankings in the same season since 2012. Both made the All-Pac-12 team with Little landing on the second team and Micevski earning honorable mention.

Little finished the season with 15 dual match wins, including six over ranked opponents at the No. 1 singles position. He was ranked in the final regional top 20 all four years of his career, including the top two in each of the last three years.

Micevski played at the No. 2 position and racked up 13 singles wins that included key victories in Pac-12 regular season play, where he went undefeated in his finished matches. He concluded the season with a No. 3 ranking in the Mountain Region for his fourth straight season of being in the final top 10.

Rising senior Slava Shainyan earned a No. 16 overall ranking in the Mountain Region after playing predominantly at the No. 3 singles position. Rising sophomore Russell Benkaim landed at No. 17 in the region after being a consistent force for the Utes on the No. 4 court.

Five Utes were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team, led by Shainyan, who made the first team for the second straight year.