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April 21, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s tennis players TommyCroker and John Winter have been named Atlantic Coast Conference men’stennis flight champions this spring.

Croker is a double winner this season, claiming the championship at #5singles and pairing with Winter at #2 doubles.

Croker, a sophomore from Alexandria, Va., is the first player in schoolhistory to be an ACC champion in both singles and doubles in the sameseason. He has come on strong this spring, compiling a 15-5 dual matchrecord with wins in nine of his last 10 matches. He posted a 7-1 ACCrecord, including a perfect 6-0 mark at #5, and has won his last sixmatches vs. ACC opponents.

He and Winter have formed one of the hottest doubles teams in theconference this spring. They did not play together until the start of thedual match season, but have compiled a gaudy 14-2 record, including a 6-1league mark, at #2. They had a 12-match winning streak stopped by Duke lastweekend.

Winter, a junior from Richmond, Va., was the ACC champion at #5 last seasonand is the first player in school history to be an ACC champion inback-to-back seasons. Geoff Macdonald is the only other UVa player to be anACC champion more than once. He was the ACC doubles champion at #3 in 1979and the #1 singles champion in 1981.

The UVa women’s tennis team did not have any ACC champions this season.

The Cavalier men’s squad opens play in the annual ACC Tournament thisFriday against Wake Forest at 6 p.m., while the UVa women face FloridaState at 9 a.m. Friday. The tournament is being held at the Racquet Club ofthe South in Norcross, Ga.

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