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Chadwick Top Moments: No. 25

Thumbnail image for Countdown_2.jpgFinishing this week, we are staying in 1995 for moment No. 25.  This year produced a lot of firsts for the Ole Miss tennis program, including this remarkable achievement from an incredible doubles duo. 

Mahesh Bhupathi and Ali Hamadeh became the first ever NCAA Champions in program history by winning the NCAA Doubles Championship.  The tandem defeated Texas' Chad Clark and Trey Phillips 7-6, 6-2 in the televised championship match.

Bhupathi and Hamadeh took down three nationally ranked teams, including No. 2 seed Paul Goldstein and Scott Humphries of Stanford to reach the final.  For winning the doubles championship, Bhupathi and Hamadeh were rewarded with a wildcard into the 1995 U.S. Open Championships.  They made their presence known as they took down veteran pros Mark Kyle and Peter Nyborg to advance to the second round, before falling to the No. 6 ranked doubles team in the world.

Subsequent to the Rebels winning the doubles championship, Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick said, "This is a great way to cap off a tremendous NCAA Tournament and truly makes this one of the outstanding accomplishments in Ole Miss sports.  I am extremely proud of the team and their commitment all year.  These players worked hard from day one."

Monday we will finish off 1995 and proceed chronologically to the following year.  There are plenty more "firsts" and exciting moments in store as the years progress for coach Chadwick.  Stay tuned.

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Special assistance from Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Chadwick Top Moments: No. 26

Clincher_1995.jpgComing in at No. 26 is the second of four moments to occur in the historic year of 1995.  Arguably the greatest moment on the list, the Rebels ended a record-setting season in the granddaddy of them all as it relates to college tennis.  

Coach Billy Chadwick led his team to the NCAA Team Championship Final as the Rebels defeated No. 2 ranked Georgia in front of 5,000 screaming Bulldog fans watching at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.  

Johan Hede delivered the knockout blow and silenced the crowd with a thrilling come-from-behind victory against Georgia's Eddie Jacques.  After losing the first set 6-4, Hede rallied to win the final two sets 6-4, 7-5 to clinch the 4-3 victory for the Rebels.  Hede, then just a sophomore, faced several break points in the last set, but each time he held.  Jacques visibly cramping, could barely move in the last game, and Hede took advantage, painting a forehand winner on match point as his Rebel teammates mobbed him on the court.

"This victory is a tribute to the hard work of this team, said Chadwick, moments after one of the biggest wins in his career. "It took a great effort to defeat Georgia on their home court.  I am proud of our players for their outstanding performance."

Before Hede could be the hero, the Rebels had to rally after dropping the doubles point for the second day in a row. Mahesh Bhupathi, the SEC Player of the Year, won in straight sets at No. 1 singles and then Ali Hamadeh won his match at No. 3 singles to make it 2-1 Rebels.  After Georgia claimed consecutive matches at four and five singles, senior Van vanLingen finished off a comeback win at No. 6 singles, winning 6-4 in the third to even the match at 3-3.

During this prolific run, the Rebels knocked out No. 11 and two-time defending champion Southern California 4-3, and perennial power No. 3 Pepperdine 4-2.  The Rebels would fall to No. 1 Stanford in the Championship match, giving the Cardinals a perfect 27-0 record. 

1995finalteam.jpgAs we are only halfway through our moments from the exciting year of 1995, stay tuned for our next history-making moment.  Here's a clue: it involves the 1995 SEC Player of the Year.

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Special assistance by Ole Miss Media Relations student Wesley Boock.

Ole Miss At America's Major

The final tennis Grand Slam of the year, the U.S. Open, begins today at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.   For fun, let's take a look at the Rebels' history in America's major.

Twelve-time grand slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi marks his 17th U.S. Open appearance this year.  He be in doubles later this week as well as mixed doubles.   Bhupathi, who became the first NCAA Champion in men's tennis history at Ole Miss when he captured the 1995 title, has won two titles at the U.S. Open.  In 2002, he teamed with Max Mirnyi to win the doubles title and then in 2005, he won the mixed doubles crown with Daniela Hantuchova.  Above, Bhupathi is pictured with '95 partner Ali Hamadeh and Ole Miss head coach Billy Chadwick.  The duo received a wild card into the '95 U.S. Open and advanced to the second round.

In 2009, Mississippi native Devin Britton became the youngest ever NCAA Singles Champion and the first Rebel to win the singles crown.  Just a year removed from reaching the finals of the U.S. Open Junior Championships, Britton received a wildcard into the U.S. Open main draw where he matched up against 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, in the first round.  Britton also competed in mixed doubles that year.

Two-time All-American Sebastien DeChaunac competed in the U.S. Open singles main draw in 2001, where he lost to former world No. 1, Marat Safin, in three sets.

Ali Hamadeh teamed up with Mahesh Bhupathi to win the 1995 NCAA Doubles Championship and later that summer the pair took to the big stage of the U.S. Open, where they advanced to the second round.

A fiery Swede who advanced to the NCAA Doubles semifinals in 1995, Johan Landsberg played in four U.S. Opens in doubles, reaching the round of 16 in 2002.


The Rebels' first All-American (1988), Dave Randall reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 1993 U.S. Open.



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