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          Release: 03/11/2013
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Luis Garcia (1969-71)

Coral Gables, Fla. - The Merida, Yucatan native came to the University of Miami as a member of the Mexico's Davis Cup team. Luis Garcia began his Hurricane with a bang. After posting a perfect 18-0 mark in singles play and a 12-1 mark in doubles competition, Garcia advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1969 NCAA tournament in both singles and doubles. His success in the tournament brought his overall singles and doubles record to 23-1 and 16-2, respectively. For this he was selected to the 1969 All-American team.

Continuing from where he left of during his freshman season, Garcia for the second straight season won 18-plus singles matches (18-1). In doubles competition, Garcia posted a 13-1 mark. Partnering with All-American teammate Pat Cramer, together they were crowned the 1970 NCAA Tournament doubles champion. For this his sportsmanship at the tournament, Garcia was awarded the Raphael Osuna trophy, college tennis's most coveted prize. His success in the tournament raised his overall singles record to 21-1 and his doubles record to 19-1.

UM Hall of Fame: Luis Garcia

Despite not having the opportunity to post 18-plus wins for three consecutive seasons, Garcia, as captain of the 1971 Hurricanes, did not disappoint. After posting a regular singles season mark of 15-1 and a doubles mark of 13-1, Garcia for the third consecutive year advanced to at least the fourth round of the NCAA tournament. His success raised his overall record to 18-2 in singles and 16-2 in doubles. For the third consecutive year, Garcia had been selected to the All-American team.

As part of Mexico's Davis Cup team, Garcia defeated 1969 NCAA Champion Joaquin Layo-Mayo of USC, the same individual who had defeated teammate Pat Cramer for the opportunity to advance and play in the final. In 1968 and 1970, Garcia won Mexico's doubles championship. As a Cane, Garcia posted an overall combined record of 103-11 (62-5 in singles and 51-6 in doubles). Due to his success, Garcia was elected into University of Miami's Sports of Hall in 1986.    

 

 

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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