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Former Maharishi School tennis star turns pro
by Jim Karpen

The M.U.M. Review    Translate This Article
18 November 2005

On 2 November 2005 The M.U.M. Review reported:

Tyler Cleveland, who won three state tennis championships as a Maharishi School student and then starred on the University of Iowa tennis team, began playing tennis on the pro circuit in May.

He has quickly risen in the world rankings, and last month was named Circuit Player of the Week by the U.S. Tennis Association.

Mr. Cleveland had briefly tried the highly competitive pro circuit in his senior year at the University of Iowa over four years ago, but found how challenging it is, and upon graduation was eager to start a career as a stock trader.

He continued to play tennis and in May of this year decided to give the pro circuit another try at the age of 26—considered to be a somewhat advanced age to attempt the pro circuit. Many of the world's top players begin their professional career as teenagers.

He moved to California and competed in two tournaments offering cash prizes, and won both. And he began training at the USTA National Tennis Center.

He then began entering Futures tournaments, the bottom of three levels of professional tennis, the others being Challenger tournaments and the top-level ATP tournaments.

As an unranked player, he had to qualify for each tournament, which entails winning several elimination matches just to be eligible to compete in the tournament.

He qualified for six of the first seven tournaments he entered. His best results were a quarterfinal appearance in a tournament in Peoria, Illinois, in July, and then a strong showing in September, making it to the finals in a tournament in Claremont, California, and winning both the singles and doubles championships in a tournament in Irvine, California.

The top 1,500 players in the world receive rankings, and after Mr. Cleveland's successful run, he was ranked 691.

The ranking has allowed him to get into the main draw of two subsequent tournaments without having to first play qualifying matches.

A player's ranking is updated weekly and based on the number of points accumulated over a one-year period, so Mr. Cleveland will likely continue to rise.

His immediate goal is to move up to the next level and compete in two Challenger tournaments this fall. And then within the next two years, he hopes to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament, which is a top-level ATP tournament.

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