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UCLA's Gage Brymer To Miss NCAA Championships

UCLA's Gage Brymer To Miss NCAA Championships
Photo: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES -- The college tennis career of UCLA senior Gage Brymer has ended prematurely after it was announced on Thursday that the Bruins' No. 1 singles player underwent an "upper-body" medical procedure that will keep him out of the upcoming NCAA tournament.

UCLA stated in a press release that Brymer, an Irvine, CA, native, underwent the surgery at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center on Tuesday.

While not disclosing Brymer's exact "medical situation" that arose last Friday afternoon, Bruins head coach Billy Martin posted the following on his Facebook wall: "A surgical procedure was done Tuesday afternoon to correct the condition. Gage is expected to make a full recovery and will be able to graduate UCLA on time and begin the next chapter pursuing his professional tennis career. The team and I fully support our team captain during his recovery while looking forward to beginning the 2017 NCAA Championships tomorrow at home."

In the absence of their team captain, the No. 5 Bruins are set to open regional play in the NCAA tournament at home against Army West Point on Friday at 1 PM.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to coach Gage these past four seasons," Martin said. "I recruited him for his hard work mentality, leadership qualities, passion, and love for the game of tennis, which he brought to our program day in and day out. That same work ethic is what is going to make him a successful professional player, and I look forward to following his post-UCLA career."

Brymer, who played 13 of his 17 dual matches on court one this season, finishes his senior campaign with a 21-11 record in singles play, including nine wins against nationally ranked opponents. He is currently slotted at No. 28 in the Oracle/ITA Division I men's collegiate tennis rankings. He reached a career high of No. 10 in singles on Feb. 10, following a week that saw him dispatch three top 40 opponents. Brymer also went 5-2 from the No. 3 doubles position.

The team captain the past two seasons, Brymer finishes his UCLA career with a 78-33 overall singles record. As a freshman, he registered a 27-6 mark and posted the clinching victory against Ohio State that sent the Bruins to the NCAA semifinals. He also concludes his UCLA career with a 34-28 overall doubles record. Brymer has twice earned All-Pac-12 honors (2014, 2016) and has been named a Pac-12 All-Academic team member, as well as an ITA Scholar Athlete (2016). He was also chosen as the Rose Gilbert Courage and Character Award recipient at the UCLA Scholar-Athlete Banquet in 2016.

In addition to missing the team tournament, Brymer will also have to pull out of the individual portion of the NCAA Championships, as he was one of 64 players selected to compete in the NCAA singles draw in Athens, GA. 

Martin said, "Replacing a player like Gage is never easy, but I have complete confidence in our players to step up and help us make a deep run in the NCAA tournament."
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