Oct. 14, 2005
IOWA CITY — Tyler Cleveland, former University of Iowa tennis player, has been named the USTA Pro Circuit Player of the Week.
Cleveland had one of the most successful careers ever in Iowa men’s tennis. Playing from 1998-2001, Cleveland accumulated numerous awards and honors. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001, the first player to ever receive that honor in back-to-back seasons. He is third on Iowa’s all-time wins list with a record of 63-16 in singles play. He owns Iowa’s number one spot in all-time career winning percentage with a mark of .797.
After graduating from the University of Iowa, Cleveland moved on to a job as a stock trader, but he returned to tennis as a pro this year. Since then he has made major strides in the USTA Pro Circuit. Most recently, Cleveland swept both singles and doubles titles at a Futures event in Irvine, CA. Since moving up nearly 700 places from where he started, Cleveland is now ranked 691 by the ATP.
In the coming weeks, Cleveland plans on competing in Challenger tournaments in Boston, MA, and Carson, CA, and Futures events in Mexico and Hawaii. His goal is to play in a Grand Slam tournament.