Hoosiers Add Pair for Spring Semester
Jan. 24, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger announced the addition of Arnaud Roussel and Tetta Oyama to the Hoosier roster for the spring season. The pair adds more international flare to an already diverse Hoosier roster. Roussel is a native of Bordeaux, France, while Oyama is from Shizuoka, Japan.
"Arnaud comes to us as a junior eligibility from Mississippi State," Hydinger said. "He had a lot of big wins at the SEC Tournament in 2004. Those are pressure matches against top-20 teams. He is a guy that does not make a lot of mistakes, but he has not played a lot of tennis inside. It is a little different ballgame than he is use to, and I do not think he has his feet on he ground yet. I think he is going to be a guy that is going to win a lot of matches for us this year."
Roussel competed in the Hoosiers' season-opening doubleheader sweep of Butler and Bradley. He won at the No. 6 singles position against the Bulldogs before winning in straight sets against the Braves at No. 5.
Roussel transferred to Indiana after spending two and a half seasons at Mississippi State. He amassed an 11-11 record during those seasons with the Bulldogs. Roussel saw his most extensive action during his freshman campaign in which he played at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. He rallied from a set down in Mississippi State's first round NCAA Tournament victory over Wake Forest to clinch the match in 2004. The Frenchman was the junior champion of the Aquitanie Region in France and lists Pete Sampras and Juan-Carlos Ferrero as his favorite tennis players.
Oyama was one of the top junior players in Japan. The freshman ranked as high as No. 3 in junior singles and No. 2 in junior doubles during the 2003 season in his native country. In 2005, he ranked as high as No. 187 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Combined Junior Rankings, which combines a player's performance in doubles and singles while promoting doubles play junior players.
"Tetta is a talented player," Hydinger said. "I am not quite sure if he is ready to step in yet because there are a lot of adjustments that he is going through. He is coming in from a different country, a different school and he came in at semester break. He is young and does not have the experience of someone like Arnaud that has been at another institution for a couple of years. He is a freshman that definitely has the talent, but he needs some more structure to his game. We will see how quickly he adapts to everything."
He captured the singles title at the Hong Kong ITF Junior Tournament in January 2005. Oyama was a doubles finalist at the Neway International Junior Championships in January 2005 and at the China International Junior Championships in September 2004. He also advanced to the semifinals in singles at the 2005 BKSP International Junior Championships. Oyama lists Carlos Moya, Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi as his favorite tennis players.
The 2-0 Hoosiers return to action with a home doubleheader at the Indiana Tennis Center on Jan. 28. Indiana will face Toledo at 9 a.m. before hosting IPFW at 3:30 p.m.
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