Men's Tennis: Gonzalez to Represent Panama in Davis Cup

June 15, 2010

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- After a stellar junior season where he recorded a 21-6 dual-match record, including eight wins in Southeastern Conference play, University of Kentucky men’s tennis player Alberto Gonzalez will represent his native country of Panama in the 2010 Davis Cup.

Gonzalez is one of five players selected to the national team that will represent Panama in the Davis Cup America Zone Group IV qualifier. Joining Panama in the five-nation qualifier is Barbados, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago and US Virgin Islands. The event will be held at the Centro Fred Maduro in Panama City. The round-robin qualifier will begin June 29 and last through July 3.

“I am so excited to be able to go home and play for my home country,” Gonzalez said. “I have played in the Davis Cup before and it is a blast and I know that it will be even more fun this year considering that Panama is hosting the tournament.”

The two teams with the best record after the event will be promoted to Americas Zone Group III. All matches in the round robin will be played on clay courts.

“Obviously, we don’t play on clay here in college so it has been a while since I have played on clay courts, probably three years,” Gonzalez said. “That is why I am going down there this week to be able to get on the clay courts and get a good feel for them.”

Gonzalez along with the UK men’s tennis team recently wrapped up one of the best seasons in school history, gathering a school-record 25 wins on its way to an appearance in the NCAA Championships Round of 16. Gonzalez finished the season tied for the best dual-match record on the team with a 21-6 record, including an 8-3 record in SEC play. The native of Panama finished the season with the third-most wins on the team at 26-11 overall. The 2010-11 senior teamed up with Alex Lambropoulos throughout the season at the No. 2 doubles position where the tandem went 12-12 overall and finished the season at No. 68 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. In singles, Gonzalez hit as high as No. 125 in the rankings and has a career record at UK of 56-38.

The UK tennis player posted several clutch performances for UK throughout the season but none more than the match-clinching point against then-No. 2 Virginia. With the match tied at 3-3, Gonzalez battled in a tightly contested second set to post a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) victory over then-No. 28 Lee Singer to give Kentucky one of its biggest wins in school history.

Stay tuned to UKAthletics.com for more information at the UK men’s tennis team all summer long.