TCU was picked to win the Big 12 Conference for the third straight season.
TCU will play 14 matches against NCAA tournament teams and 16 against those who finished ranked in the final Oracle/ITA poll.
Head Coach David Roditi along with two student-athletes will compete this weekend.
Jerry Lopez along with the doubles pair of Trevor Johnson and Reese Stalder won titles this weekend.
GoFrogs.com sat down with TCU men’s tennis alum Esteban Carril in his recent visit to Fort Worth.
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David Roditi, one of the great players in the history of the TCU men's tennis program, was hired as the Horned Frogs' head coach on Sept. 7, 2010. A three-time All-American who lettered from 1993 through 1996, he still holds the school record for combined career victories.
In his six years at the helm of the TCU men's tennis program, Roditi has returned the Horned Frogs to the top of the tennis world. A top-50 program when he was hired, Roditi has led the team to back-to-back top 5 finishes as they were ranked No. 4 at the end of 2015 and tied the program-high of No. 3 to conclude the 2016 season.
Starting the 2015-16 at No. 3 in the first Oracle/ITA poll, Roditi led the team to unprecedented heights, which included the program's first Big 12 Regular Season title as well as being named champions of the Big 12 Tournament. After hosting the ITA Kick-Off Weekend for the first time in program history, TCU earned a bid to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the second straight season where the team advanced to the semifinals.
Climbing to as high as No. 2 during the season, Roditi continued the dominance at home as the team increased their home winning streak to 30 matches after going 15-0 for the second straight season. The 26 wins the team posted during the season were the most wins since 1989 when TCU made its first appearance in the NCAA Final Four. After defeating four top-10 opponents in 2014-15, Roditi was able to top that with five wins over top-10 foes. Twenty-three of the team's 26 wins came over opponents ranked inside the Oracle/ITA top-75 while all four losses were to team's ranked inside the top-25.
Individual accolades were plenty in 2015-16 as Roditi earned Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year for the second straight season, while Cameron Norrie picked up his second All-America honors in his career. Norrie became the sixth player in program history to be named an ITA Singles All-American twice during their Horned Frog career, the first singles player to reach the Final Four and the first player to make back-to-back appearances in the Elite 8. Freshman Alex Rybakov became the first player in TCU men's tennis history to earn ITA Men's Tennis National Rookie of the Year honors while also being the second straight Horned Frog to be named Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
The 2014-15 season marked a huge resurgence, as Roditi turned around a program that missed the NCAA tournament a year ago to its fourth final four in program history. By leading the team to the semifinals of the NCAA Championship, Roditi became the 11th head coach in the history of NCAA Division I men's tennis to lead his team to the NCAA Final Four as a player and a coach.
The 2015 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year and Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year, Roditi led TCU to 25 wins for the first time since 1995 with 18 of the victories coming over ranked foes. For the first time under Roditi's direction, the Frogs defeated not only one, but four top-10 ranked opponents during the 2015 season. Roditi also led the team to the 2015 ITA National Indoor Team Championships for the first time since 2001, while also leading TCU to a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championship.
The 2015 season was also filled with tons of first victories against regional foes for the first time in a long time. TCU struck down Texas A&M twice for the first time since 2006 and a 4-1 win over Texas on senior day was the first victory over the Longhorns since 1996 when Roditi was a senior on the squad.
The first All-American under Roditi came in the 2014-15 season, as freshman Cameron Norrie became the 22nd Horned Frog and 44th All-America selection in TCU men's tennis program history and the first All-America honor for the program since 2006 and the first singles All-America selection since 2001. Norrie became the second freshman singles All-America honoree in program history.
Off the court, Roditi has been a pioneer in trying to revolutionize the atmosphere and attendance at tennis matches and was honored as the 2014 USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award recipient, one of college tennis' most esteemed awards. Roditi has also led the efforts in the boisterous atmosphere that TCU is known for at home tennis matches, as the Frogs recorded a perfect 15-0 record and were honored with their third consecutive ITA Attendance Race crown.
The squad advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time in his tenure in 2013 and concluded the season ranked No. 38 in the ITA rankings. TCU's top singles player, Nick Chappell, finished the year rated among the top-120 players in the nation, while he was joined by teammate Will Stein in grabbing the No. 42 national position in doubles.
Despite a major step-up in competition with its move to the Big 12 in 2013, TCU's inaugural season in the conference was exceptional. The squad won two of its five conference matches before reaching the semifinals at the Big 12 Championship. Frogs collected a pair of individual league titles, Facundo Lugones at No. 4 singles and Chappell/Stein at No. 1 doubles, while Chappell (singles and doubles), Stein (doubles) and Orlando Superlano (singles) each received All-Big 12 recognition.
Roditi's 2013 team exhibited the fire and competitiveness of its head coach from the start of the season until its finish. It's lone losses came to programs ranked No. 27 or higher, while it posted impressive victories over power programs the likes of Stanford, North Carolina and Memphis. The Frogs also ended droughts against in-state rivals Texas Tech and Rice in the process.
The excitement surrounding Roditi's program reached new levels in 2013. The Frogs concluded the season as the nation's overwhelming leader in attendance, posting top NCAA figures for each of the four major categories: total fans (8,714), average turnout (581) and largest crowd at an individual match (1,425 vs. Texas A&M on Feb. 2). The Bartzen Varsity Courts featured three of the nation's top-5 attended matches in all, setting a new record for a single season.
The TCU program has come a long way in a short period of time with Roditi at the helm. In his first season, a veteran Frogs roster posted a 13-13 overall record while advancing to the final match at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship. The team racked up four victories over nationally ranked opponents and saw the first major bump for the program's home attendance numbers.
Individually, Roditi mentored Emanuel Brighiu to his fourth-straight All-Mountain West distinction in singles and third career nod in doubles. He also helped Christopher Price earn a spot on the All-MWC singles team for the first time. The duo of Brighiu and Price also received All-MWC doubles accolades. In the classroom, Cameron Nash led the way with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Year No. 2 of the Roditi era saw a young team prepare for a prosperous future. TCU fielded a lineup in 2011-12 featuring only one senior among the top-6 singles players, while three other Frogs redshirted as the team looked ahead to its future in the Big 12. Only two players who saw action from the previous year returned. Despite a season filled with growing pains, potential shined through, highlighted by Chappell earning Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.
Roditi returned to TCU after serving as Lead National Coach at the USTA Training Center in Carson, Calif., from 2005-2010. Prior to joining the USTA, he worked as the Associate Director of St. Stephens Tennis Academy in Austin, Texas, and was also an assistant coach at Texas from 2000-02.
Among the players Roditi coached with the USTA was top American male prospect Ryan Harrison, who upended 15th-seed Ivan Ljubicic in the first round of the 2010 U.S. Open. The victory marked the first win in a Grand Slam tournament for the 18-year old, who had been under Roditi's watch since he was 13. In addition to Harrison, Roditi also tutored a number of other top juniors. He served as coach for the U.S. Junior Davis Cup team that won the 2008 Junior Davis Cup title.
Other players Roditi has been involved with include John Isner. Isner grabbed headlines in the summer of 2010 for his first-round victory at Wimbledon over Nicolas Mahut that ranked as the longest match in the history of professional tennis (6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68).
Roditi leads a TCU program that he helped build into a national power during a four-year career from 1993 through 1996 playing for legendary former head coach Tut Bartzen. The Frogs finished the season ranked among the nation's top-7 teams in each of Roditi's final three years, including a school-record rating of No. 3 following his senior campaign. The Frogs advanced to the NCAA semifinals that season, one of three Final Four appearances in program history.
In addition to the team's success during his playing days, Roditi racked up numerous individual accomplishments as a Frog. A nationally ranked player during each of his four years on campus, he twice reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships alongside partner Paul Robinson. The pair finished the 1995 season ranked No. 2 nationally in doubles and was rated as high as No. 1 at times in both 1995 and 1996. Among the titles won by the duo were two ITA National Clay Court championships (1994, 1995) and the 1994 ITA All-American Championships crown. The players were also named to the Rolex Collegiate All-Star Team in 1996.
Roditi capped his career by earning a career-best No. 25 singles rating in 1996 to go along with a No. 5 mark in doubles. Overall, he posted a combined career record of 250-82 for TCU, which is 12 victories more than any other player in program history. He also ranks No. 2 in doubles wins (121) and No. 4 in singles victories (129). Three times he was ranked All-Southwest Conference in both singles and doubles (1994, 1995, 1996) and he combined for five individual SWC individual singles and doubles titles. The accomplishments resulted in his election to the TCU Lettermen's Association Hall of Fame in 2007.
Following his time as a Frog, Roditi experienced a highly successful professional career. He reached a career-high position of No. 41 in the ATP doubles rankings and recorded a win over the former No. 1 doubles team of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge. He also represented Mexico in 10 Davis Cup matches.
Roditi graduated from TCU in 1996 with a degree in marketing. He is married to former TCU women's golf standout Lori (Sutherland) Roditi and the duo have two sons -- Max and Sebastian.
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