Jaan Kononov
Jaan Kononov
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Talinn, Estonia
High School: Armstrong State Univ.

Spring 2015: Earned the No. 7 ranking of the top 20 players in the region… Ranked 110th in the nation at the conclusion of the 2015 spring campaign, the highest ever for a UMBC tennis player…Tabbed to 2015 Missouri Valley Conference men's tennis All-Conference team Assumed the position of playing at No. 1 singles in the spring and compiled a brilliant mark of 10-4… Won his final four matches and seven of eight to close out the year… Finished in grand fashion, blistering the nation's 46th-ranked player, WSU junior Tin Ostojic, 6-2, 6-0, in the league semifinals for his second victory over a top-50 player in 2014-15…  Combined with Melker Svard to lead the team with 11 doubles victories (11-5)… The duo won eight consecutive matches until falling to Wichita State in the league semifinals. 

 

Fall 2014: Debuted with victories at the No. 1 flight, blanking the Mount's Adam Salam, 6-0, 6-0 and ousting GMU's Tanner Baine, 6-2, 7-5, at the George Mason Invitational.. Also combined with Eliott Loubatie to sweep all three doubles matches in the tournament … Opened play  with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Muddappa Appanervanda of Illinois State, then rallied to defeat Simon Pritchard of Kennesaw State, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the ITA All-American Championships...Continued his run through the tournament with a third-round victory of Jonny Rigby of SIU-Carbondale, 6-1, 6-4 then waged a tough battle with Eduardo Segura of Georgia Tech before prevailing 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to proceed into the qualifying round… Won his fifth match, a three-set triumph over No. 5 seed and top-50 player Brett Clark from UNC 3-6, 6-3, 6-2  before bowing out in his fifth match.

 

Background: A transfer to UMBC after pair of sensational seasons at Armstrong (Ga.) State University… Majoring in economics at UMBC… Earned Peach Belt Conference honors in both seasons and was the league Most Valuable Athlete in 2014… Compiled a record of 28-4 in singles and 32-5 in doubles in 2013… Earned NCAA Division II national rankings of No. 12 in singles and No. 5 in doubles in 2014… Led the Pirates to the national championship match last spring… Lists favorite professional team as Real Madrid and favorite book as Hamlet.