Rossi Named Primetime Performer by

Jan. 26, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky men’s tennis junior Anthony Rossi has been named a Primetime Performer of the Week by for his impressive performance in the Southeastern Conference Coaches’ Indoor Championships.

Rossi, who is ranked 36th in the nation in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, was the singles champion at the event, becoming only the second player in school history to claim that honor and the first since Adam Malik in 1989.

The UK junior won the title by defeating No. 10 Sadio Doumbia of Georgia 6-4, 6-3 in the singles main draw final. The native of Marseille, France, earned two wins over ranked foes in the tournament, including Doumbia and No. 87 Charlie Jones of Vanderbilt. Rossi also took down Nik Scholtz of Ole Miss, who defeated two ranked foes en route to the semifinals, and William Kallberg of Ole Miss, who defeated the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed in straight sets.

“This was obviously a big breakout tournament for Anthony,” UK head coach Dennis Emery said. “When we recruited Anthony we knew he was a great athlete and great competitor. I think in this tournament, those two things came together for him.”

Rossi has played brilliant tennis all year for Kentucky with a 19-2 record. The junior has defeated five top-100 players already this season, including No. 7 Henrique Cunha of Duke. Earlier this fall, Rossi won the singles title at the Duke Fab Four Invite, while he advanced to the singles main draw semifinals of the 2011 USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Indoor Championships. Rossi is 64-22 for his career in singles.

CollegeSports360's overall honorees on the Jan. 16-22 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll include an assortment of student-athletes from 20 total sports that were in action over the past week. Selection for these CollegeSports360 weekly awards is based on any of the following criteria: Performed at a high level in a game/event that involves a nationally-ranked team or excelled in a game/event that is key to the team's postseason qualification; Preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors involved in the competitor's accomplishments; Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances; Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual); Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home venue and/or against a traditional rival.

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