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July 29, 2010

Princeton's Michibata to Receive Rogers Cup Hall of Fame Invite

Courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

Rogers Cup Hall of Fame Official Release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton men's tennis coach Glenn Michibata will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame in Toronto on August 14 in recognition of his doubles success during his professional career.

Michibata and onetime doubles partner Grant Connell will be the 2010 Rogers Cup inductees, marking the fifth class to join the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame since it was initiated to mark the 125th anniversary of the tournament in 2006. The Rogers Cup is the major open tennis tournament in Canada, the home nation of both Michibata and Connell.

Among Michibata's Rogers Cup highlights were a 1991 runner-up finish alongside Connell in doubles play, two years before teaming with American David Pate for another runner-up finish. Both times, Michibata's duo came close, taking Americans Patrick Galbraith and Todd Witsken to a third set in 1991, two years before pushing American Jim Courier and Bahamian Mark Knowles to a second-set tiebreak.

Outside of their Rogers Cup accomplishments, Michibata and Connell won four doubles tournaments from 1988 to 1991 held in the U.S. and in Asia. Over his decade-long professional career, Michibata teamed with Connell and others to finish runner-up in nearly two dozen other doubles tournaments held at sites from North America to Europe, Asia and Australia.

Since his professional career ended in 1993, Michibata served as a director of tennis at a private club in British Columbia before joining the collegiate coaching ranks, first as an assistant at USC before coming to lead Princeton in 2000. Since arriving at Princeton, Michibata has become the third-winningest coach in program history at 120 victories through the 2010 season behind two coaches - John Conroy (259) and David Benjamin (339) - who each led the team for a quarter-century.