UCLA’s Meister to Miss
Entire 2011 Tennis Season
Bruin senior will request a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA.
LOS ANGELES UCLA senior men's tennis player Nick Meister underwent
successful surgery on his right hip last week and will miss the entire
2011 season, head coach Billy Martin announced on Thursday. The team's
No. 1 singles and doubles player a year ago, Meister plans to seek a
medical hardship waiver from the NCAA after the spring season in hopes
of gaining another year of eligibility in 2012.
"I'm extremely disappointed that Nick will not be able to play for us
this year due to his injury," said Martin, who is in his 18th season as
head coach at UCLA. "We are definitely going to miss his leadership both
on and off the court. Nobody has worked harder than Nick and his work
ethic has been a great example to our entire team. As a coach, I'm
really hoping that someone can step up and fill that role for us this
Meister earned All-America honors in doubles last year with teammate
Amit Inbar. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, ending the season
ranked No. 73 in singles and No. 10 in doubles (w/Inbar) in the Final
ITA Rankings. He finished the season with a 24-12 overall singles record
and a 27-9 mark in doubles play. Meister is also an outstanding student,
earning second-team All-Pac-10 Academic honors in 2010.