April 18, 2009
Former Baylor Bear Benjamin Becker
captured a pro tournament title with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over unseeded Rajeem Ram on April 11 in the singles final at the $50,000 Price LeBlanc Lexus Pro Tennis Classic of Baton Rouge, La.
Becker, who was seeded fourth and ranked 127th in the world coming into the tournament, picked up $7,200 and 75 ATP points.
"Benny has been hurt so his ranking fell off and he is kind of coming back now," Knoll said. "It is such a positive to see him playing well again and working his way back up there. I think it is going to be just a matter of a few months before he gets back into the top 100 and starts playing at the level he is used to playing."
Becker achieved his highest ATP ranking in March of 2007 when he was 38th.
"For him to make 38th in the world really shows that you can go the college route and become a world-class player," Knoll said.
During his time at Baylor, Becker helped lead the Bears to the 2004 National Championship, while also winning the singles championship that year. A three time All-American, Becker is still the leader in career singles (141) and doubles (104) victories at Baylor.
"What he does outside of the program validates all of the things he did while he was here," Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. "Benny improved a lot while he was here and he has just been a great ambassador for Baylor tennis. We are certainly cheering for him and hoping everything goes his way."