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All-American Monday - Joaquim Rasgado

Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
          Release: 11/05/2012
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Joaquim Rasgado (1974-75)

Coral Gables, Fla. - As one of his former teammates described him, Joaquim Rasgado was good enough that he could almost "play" with most of his opponents.  At age 18, Rasgado was the Brazilian Junior Champion, the South American Junior Champion and a semi-finalist in the Orange Bowl International Tournament, the U.S. Open Junior Championship and Wimbledon Juniors. His outstanding performances solidified his ranking as the No. 3 junior in the world.

In 1971-72, playing primarily out of the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, Rasgado went 14-5 in singles play during which he put together a 12 match win streak. In doubles play, he went 10-5.   

Following his impressive freshman season, Rasgado would be named the team captain in 1973. Rasgado, playing the entire 1972-73 season out of the No. 1 position, went 15-3 in singles and 10-2 in doubles play. To open the season, Rasgado won his first nine matches. In the 1973 NCAA Tennis Championships, Rasgado won his third round singles match-up and his second round doubles match-up.

Building on the previous years' success, Rasgado opened his junior season the same way he opened his sophomore season - with a nine-match win streak. Playing almost entirely out of the No. 1 position, Rasgado went 15-5 in singles and 16-3 in doubles. His regular season performance earned him a first round bye in the 1974 NCAA tournament. Rasgado won his second and third round match-ups. In doubles play, Rasgado advanced to the quarters of the 1974 tournament. His success earned him All-American status.

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Despite the impressive start to his Hurricane career, Rasgado stood out during his senior year. While he started his sophomore and junior seasons with a nine-match win streak, Rasgado opened his senior season with an 11-match win streak. Rasgado would finish the season 24-6 in singles and 17-6-1 in doubles play. As he had advanced to the fourth round of the NCAA tournament the two previous seasons, Rasgado advanced to the fifth round of the 1975 tournament. Rasgado also advanced to the third round of the doubles tournament. For the second consecutive season, Rasgado earned All-American honors.       

After his Hurricane career had ended, Rasgado played with the Brazilian Davis Cup team. As he got older it seemed he only got better. For several years, Rasgado would hold the USTA's No. 1 ranking in the 35 and older class. In 1991, for his outstanding performance as a Miami Hurricane, Rasgado was inducted in the University's Hall of Fame.

    
Name Year(s)   Name Year(s)
Mike Belkin 1965 Rod Mandelstam 1962-63
Andrew Burrow 1987 Tavo Martinez 1976
Pat Cramer 1968-70 Jerry Moss 1958-59
Luigi D'Argord 2006-07 Srjdan Muskatirovic 1994-95
Eddie Dibbs 1971-72 Joaquim Rasgado 1974-75
John Donar 1987-90   Raz Reid 1971-72
John Eagleton 1976-77   Ivan Rodrigo 1997
Conny Falk 1989   Mike Russell 1997
Alvaro Fillol 1975   Pancho Segura 1943-45
Jaime Fillol 1967-68   Christo Steyn 1982-83
Luis Garcia 1969-71   Carl Sundberg 2008
John Geraghty 1977   Daniel Vallverdu 2006-09
John Hammill

1963

  Todd Widom 2002-03
Gil Kovalski 1995      




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