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JUNE 2012

Men's Team Women's Team

Dick Gould

641 E. Campus Dr.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
Phone & Fax: 650-723-1160


On-line at
men’s or women’s tennis.


Peter Rennert on his induction into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame.


Martha Downing and Nick Saviano on their induction into the USTA Nor Cal Hall of Fame. (Thursday, July 12 @ 11:30  at Taube Tennis Center during the Bank of the West Classic).

With Dick & Anne Gould

The Reluctant U.S. Tennis Champion” by Roger Ohnsorg. A great history of Stanford’s 1917 & 1918 U.S. Tennis Champion,
Lindley Murray

 Coaching Wisdom” by Mike Harrity including comments/chapters with Tony Dungy, Don Shula, John Wooden, Dick Gould and others.

Sam Lee of Portland, OR 1933 National Intercollegiate
Doubles Champion

Warren Whitlinger, father of Coach John Whitlinger and Grandfather of Stanford All Americans - Teri & Tami and Volunteer Assistant, JJ


The 2012 season for our men and women featured some outstanding results, which our great coaches will describe in more detail on their respective pages. Although we will be losing some key seniors to graduation, both teams have some fantastic recruits enrolling in the Fall. 2013 promises to be a banner year for Stanford tennis!

Under “Stanford,” you can also scroll from Stanford Live to Video Archives of historical Stanford player/team performances. (This is an on-line replica of our all-weather touch screen Kiosk at the entrance to the Taube Family Tennis Stadium).

I-PHONE/ANDROID COURT VIEWING: Click Here As an added feature, you can call up  to access the scoreboard AND to select which of 6 match courts you wish to watch. Just save this address on your phone screen.

YOUNG CARDINAL CHALLENGE: For the 50-60 men’s and women’s players who graduated in the last 10 years, we remind you that our Buck-Cardinal Club is once again sponsoring competition amongst our 34 sports to see if any sport can solicit donations from 100% of its athletes. We are very proud that BOTH Stanford tennis teams achieved this goal last year, and we are hopeful you all will see fit to participate once again.  Click Here

REUNION TENNIS: As usual, those classes having a reunion this year (classes whose year ends in 2 or 7) have received an email invitation to join other former men’s and women’s tennis players of all ages who are celebrating their Reunion at Taube Tennis Center, Sat., Oct 6 from 9-11 for some tennis or just good conversation.

Featuring # 5 Serena Williams, # 8 Marion Bartoli,# 10 Angelique Kerber, # 13 Sabine Lisicki, # 16 Dominika Cibulkova, former # 1 Jelena Jankovic, two-time Grand Slam champ – Svetlana Kuznetsova and others. Ticket Information:
Click Here    Phone (866) 982-8497

Of special interest will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night matches with tennis Legends Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang. For Private “Meet and Greet” sessions, contact (415) 227-8027

Former male and female team members are reminded that Commemorative Chairs recognizing team participation can be purchased with a $5,000 gift to “Stanford University.” Over 165 former players are so recognized in this special section behind the Center Court with personalized 3-4 word, 4-5 line inscriptions. Latest additions – Greg Hirshman, Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn. For more information, contact the Director of Tennis.



Lele Forood

641 E. Campus Drive
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
Phone: 650-723-9540
Fax: 650-723-1789


Associate Head Coach
Frankie Brennan

Volunteer Assistant
Frank Brennan Jr.

ITA Rankings
Team: #5

Final Singles:
Nicole Gibbs  # 1
Mallory Burdette  # 4
Stacey Tan  # 28
Ellen Tsay  # 73

Final Doubles:
Burdette/Gibbs  # 1
Tan/Tsay  # 3





It was an interesting and bittersweet year for our team. We finished on a huge historic high note with sophomore Nicole Gibbs and junior Mallory Burdette contesting the NCAA singles championship and then teaming to win the doubles title - the first time the same players from the same team both reached the singles final and then teamed to win the doubles Championship !  Congrats to Nicole and Mallory for their outstanding play in the NCAA tournament and throughout the year!

Our team had a remarkable one-loss season, which included being the co-conference champs in the inaugural Pac-12.  Our quarterfinal finish and close loss showed just how tough our conference was with 4 teams finishing in the top 8 in the final rankings. Great effort by Nicole, Vee, Mal, Stacey, Ellen, Kristie, Amelia and Natalie!!!

We will miss our lone senior Veronica Li next year as she graduates with a degree in Political Science and returns in the Fall to complete a master’s in Sociology. Our incoming freshmen are:

Krista Hardebeck of Orange CA - currently competing in Europe at the Junior Championships at the French Open and Wimbledon.
Lindsay Kostas of San Diego, a top southern Cal junior player.

Awards won this season:

Nicole Gibbs: NCAA Singles and Doubles Champion, Pac 12 Player of Year, ITA Singles Player of Year, Stanford “Conference Player of the Year”, Honda Award winner for tennis

Mallory Burdette:  2 time NCAA Doubles Champion, Pac 12 First Team Selection singles, Stanford Outstanding Junior Female Athlete

Stacey Tan: Pac 12 Second Team selection

Please watch our players compete at the Bank of the West WTA event at Stanford July 7-15, 2012.

Thanks for all of the support that we received this year, and we look forward to an outstanding campaign next season. See you next fall.

     Nicole Gibbs             NCAA Singles Champ 


Mallory Burdette & Nicole Gibbs

NCAA Doubles Champions   


Men’s Tennis Coach
John Whitlinger

641 E. Campus Drive
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
Phone: 650-725-5648 (O)
Fax: 650-723-1789 (Fax)

Assistant Coach
Brandon Coupe


Volunteer Assistant Coach
JJ Whitlinger

ITA Rankings:
Team: #9

Singles Rankings:
Bradley Klahn   #12
Ryan Thacher  # 31

Thacher/Klahn  #9
Thacher/Morrissey #64

2012 Fall Schedule:

Sept. 21-23 Napa Valley Tennis Classic @ Meadowood

Oct. 1-7 ITA All-American Championship @ Tulsa, OK

Oct. 11-14 Battle of the Bay @ San Francisco, CA

Oct. 19-23 ITA Regional Tournament @ Moraga, CA

Nov. 8-11 ITA National Indoor Championship @ Flushing Meadow, NY


We were really proud of the team this year. They kept battling every match. We had a few bumps in the road, but the guys kept working hard, both on and off the court, and we became a very good team at the end of the season. We fought through some injuries, which allowed other players to step up and contribute. 

We hosted the 1st & 2nd round of the NCAA’s again. We were the #11 seed, and defeated Sacramento State in the first round, and then defeated Santa Clara in the second round 4-1. The final 16 met in Athens, GA this year. We played #6 Kentucky in the round of 16, and we scored 4-1 upset victory. We then played #3 Virginia, as we had last year in the quarterfinals, and once again they were just a little better than we were. 

Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher competed in the NCAA Individual Championships. Ryan lost in the first round, Bradley got to the semifinals of singles. In doubles Ryan & Brad lost to Oklahoma in the quarterfinals. 

We received many post-season awards. Klahn & Thacher were named ITA All-Americans for the third straight year. Klahn was selected 1st team All Pac-12, Thacher was named to the 2nd team. Thacher was also awarded the Arthur Ashe award for Leadership & Sportsmanship by the ITA - an honor well deserved. We are very proud of both these young men. They have always represented Stanford with class and dignity!
We certainly are looking forward to next year. We are losing two incredible players and people in Ryan & Brad. They will be difficult to replace. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors. We have four new players coming to “The Farm”. Nolan Paige (Fairfield CT), Maciek Romanowicz (Warsaw, Poland), Trey Strobel (Bradenton, FL), and Anthony Tsodikov (San Francisco, CA). We are looking forward to their contributions to the team and our University the next four years.

We hope you have a wonderful summer. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium for the 2012-13 season.

John, Brandon, and JJ 

Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher

All Americans



  Dick Gould
The John L. Hinds
Director of Tennis
Stanford University
(650) 723-1160


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