In the Spotlight: Pac-10 Singles & Doubles Champs, Amanda Fink and Bradley Klahn

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In_The_Spotlight_Logo_150ITA: In the Spotlight highlights two players that have recently made history for their university by winning both Pac-10 singles and doubles championships.  USC Senior, Amanda Fink powered her way to singles champion after finishing runner up in her freshman and junior years, while the freshman at Stanford, Bradley Klahn joined the an elite group of Stanford players to have won this conference challenge.  These two outstanding players have taken time from their busy schedule to sit in on this week's ITA: In the Spotlight.




Amanda Fink 
is a senior at the University of Southern California and her hometown is Calabasa, California.  She is currently ranked No. 22 in women's singles in the Campbell/ITA National College Rankings and No. 4 in women's doubles with partner, Gabriela Niculescu.  Fink recently captured both the 2009 Pac-10 singles and doubles championship which makes her the first female USC player to win the Pac-10 singles and doubles title in the same year.  This is her 2nd Pac-10 doubles crown.

Other than your family members, who were the most influential people in your life?
My friends... I have made some truly amazing friends over the years who I have learned from and who have helped shape me as a person. 

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled to play tennis?
I got to go to Poitiers, France this year to play an international collegiate championship.  It was my first time out of the country. 

What/Who is your biggest Rival in tennis?
In junior tennis my biggest rival was definitely my current teammate, Sara Fansler.  I played her a billion times in tournaments and never beat her once... which made me especially glad that she decided to join my college team at USC and not another University.

In college tennis, my rival is probably is Riza Zalemeda... the whole cross town rivalry combined with an always competitive match.

What do you see yourself doing in the next ten years?
Hopefully being successful on the pro tour and seeing some of the world.

What is the best thing about playing for your University's team (USC)?
My team... I really do love my teammates and they have really been what has made my experience here at USC so great.



Bradley KlahnBradley Klahn is a freshman at Stanford University and his hometown is Poway, California.  He is currently ranked No. 34 in the Campbell/ITA National men's singles rankings and No. 28 in the men's doubles with partner, Ryan Thacher.  Klahn also captured both the Pac-10 singles and doubles championships this year which makes him the fourth Stanford player in program history to accomplish this feat.

Other than your family members, who were the most influential people in your life?
Other than my family members, the most influential person in my life has been my personal coach, Lee Merry.

Where is the most interesting place you have traveled to play tennis?
I have had the opportunity to travel to London, England to watch Wimbledon.

What/Who is your biggest Rival in tennis?
My biggest team rivals are California, USC, and UCLA.

What do you see yourself doing in the next ten years?
In the next ten years, I hope to graduate from Stanford and play tennis professionally.

What is the best thing about playing for your University's team (Stanford)?
The best thing about playing for Stanford is the lasting friendship that I have developed with my teammates.  There isn't a better group of guys that I would want to spend my time with, both on and off the court.

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