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April 2, 2003

With a team high 19 doubles victories Ben Atkinson made an immediate impact as a freshman on the 2002 Gamecock squad. Atkinson also made his presence felt in singles with a 7-2 mark in dual match play.

Atkinson currently leads USC with 21 victories this season and is second with 11 dual match wins. He compiled an 11-match winning streak from Jan. 16 through March 12. The sophomore from Yorkshire, England, is tied for the team lead with four SEC victories. He is 5-1 at No. 6 singles, 5-2 at No. 5 singles and has eight doubles victories.

What is your goal for the upcoming season?

To help the team do well in the NCAA tournament

Who has had the biggest influence on your tennis career?

My former coach Mattias Karlsson

What did you want to be when you were little?

A soccer player for Sheffield Wednesday

How would you describe USC fans in three words?

Wild, passionate, loyal

Who would you most like to spend a day with?


What animal do you most resemble?

A cat because they just chill, eat, and sleep

What is your favorite all time movie?

Usual Suspects

What is something you remember your parents saying to you?

Do what feels right for you