Sept. 18, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- After standout careers at the University of Wisconsin, former All-Big Ten standouts Marek Michalicka and Moritz Baumann are making names for themselves on the professional circuit lately.
Last weekend, Michalicka won the Serbia F12 Futures tournament in Subotica, Serbia and took home a $10,000 purse. Currently ranked 493rd in the world, Michalicka went 5-0 on the week, defeating Dominick Suc, 6-1, 6-1, in the finals.
Michalicka, who graduated from Wisconsin in 2011, also had a good showing in the Alphen Challenger in Alphen Aan Den Rijn, Netherlands, winning five straight matches, before falling in the quarterfinals to Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who is ranked No. 56 in the world.
• Michalicka ATP Tour bio
Baumann, UW class of 2010, recently knocked off the No. 76 player in the world, Albert Ramos of Spain. That win sent Baumann to the Round of 16 of the Genova Challenger in Genova, Italy. Baumann, who is up to the No. 439 ranking, also won his first four matches and advanced to the Round of 16 in the Como Challenger in Como, Italy.
• Baumann ATP Tour bio
"I'm proud of Marek and Moritz and happy to see that they're having success on the professional tour," Wisconsin head coach Greg Van Emburgh said. "They're great representatives for the University of Wisconsin and it's fun following their careers. It looks like they're still playing at a very high level."
During his UW career, Michalicka was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and the conference's freshman of the year in 2008. Michalicka finished his collegiate career with the second-best singles winning percentage in UW men's tennis history (.735). He earned three straight NCAA tournament berths in singles play, becoming the third Badger to appear in three national championships.
Baumann is UW's only four-time All-Big Ten selection and was the second UW player ever named to the All-Big Ten team as a freshman. As a senior, Baumann was ranked as high as No. 6 in the NCAA and his .712 career winning percentage (95-38) ranks him fourth in UW history.