Prakash Amritraj enters his second season at USC... Did not compete in the fall and instead spent the time competing at professional tournaments as an amateur ... In July, he and his cousin Stephen Amritraj (Duke) picked up an opening-round victory at the 2002 Mercedes-Benz Cup by upsetting former college greats George Bastl (USC) and Sandon Stolle (TCU) 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first round of men's doubles ... The following month he captured the USTA Boys' 18s Super National Hard Court Championships by defeating No. 8 Doug Stewart of Malibu, Calif.
Amritraj found great success in his first collegiate season ... He finished the season ranked No. 71 with a 23-15 overall singles record ... Playing mainly at No. 3, Amritraj went 19-10 in dual matches ... Midseason he also played two matches at No. 2 and two matches at No. 1, where he went 2-0 and upset then-ranked No. 1 Harsh Mankad of Minnesota and Marko Gojanovic of Clemson ... Amritraj advanced to the second round of the Pac-10 singles tournament before falling to No. 47 Matt Hanlin of Washington ... Won his matches in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament ... Helped lead the Trojans to the 2002 NCAA Championship with match-clinching victories in the NCAA quarterfinals, semifinals and finals when he upset Philip Stolt of Illinois, 6-4, 7-6 (0), Tennessee's Adam Carey, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3, and Georgia's Bo Hodge, 7-6 (3), 7-5 ... Named NCAA Tournament MVP and NCAA All-Tournament at No. 3 singles ... In doubles, Amritraj recorded a 26-9 overall record and 21-7 mark in dual matches, playing the majority of his matches with Daniel Langre ... Amritraj and Langre posted a 16-4 overall record and also earned NCAA All-Tournament honors at No. 3 doubles after defeating Tennessee's Mark Dietrich and Andy Crews and Georgia's Nicolas Boeker and Lesley Joseph in the semifinals and finals ... Amritraj also went 9-5 with Andrew Park and 1-0 while partnered with Damien Spizzo.
Amritraj is a 2001 graduate of Harvard-Westlake High in North Hollywood, Calif. ... Played two seasons of varsity tennis and led his prep team to the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship each year (1998 and 1999)... Named league MVP as a sophomore... He ranked as high as No. 8 in the 2001 USTA boys singles national rankings... In 18-and-unders, he won international doubles titles in Manila (Philippines), Montreal (Canada), Singapore and Jakarta (Indonesia)... He won the 2000 Easter Bowl doubles title... He has also competed at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open... In 16-and-unders, he placed sixth at the National Clay Court Championships and reached the doubles final... Finished third at the National Hard Court Championships.
Prakash Michael Amritraj was born on Oct. 2, 1983, in Tarzana, Calif. ... The son of Vijay and Shyamala Amritraj, he has one brother, Vikram (15)... His father, Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj, played Wimbledon for 17 years and the Davis Cup for 20 years, reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1974 and 1987 and the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 1973 and 1974... His uncle, Anand (Vijay's brother), also played professionally and once advanced to the Wimbledon doubles semifinals with Vijay... Prakash lists his father as his biggest sports hero because of the countless times he defeated the odds with dignity and class... He is a business major who hopes to play professionally after graduation.
AMRITRAJ'S CAREER STATISTICS
S - Overall S - Duals D - Overall D - Duals
Year W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct. W L Pct.
2002 23 15 .605 19 10 .655 26 9 .743 21 7 .750