|Hometown:||San Diego, CA|
|High School:||Rancho Bernardo HS|
|Previous College:||Claremont McKenna|
|Major:||Environment, Economics & Politics|
On Court: Played varsity high school tennis for all four years, and led Rancho Bernardo HS to two consecutive CIF Division I Championships as a captain during junior and senior year...played #1 singles and #1 doubles in high school with two finals appearances in the CIF Individual Championship and two semifinal showings...won multiple All-League honors and All-CIF honors and competed in the All-American High School Invitational Tournament in Corona Del Mar, the first ever appearance for Rancho Bernardo...ranked in the top 15 in four age divisions in Southern California, reaching a sectional ranking high of #9 at age 16 after placing 9th at the 2009 So Cal Sectionals...reached a USTA National ranking of #61 as well as a national doubles ranking of #2 in 2007...junior tennis career is highlighted by five USTA national championships, with three titles coming in 2007 (2 USTA L-2 National doubles titles and winner of the California Bowl) and two in singles and doubles at the 2010 West Coast Championships...as a freshman had a terrific debut at USTA / ITA West Regionals, winning three matches before losing an epic 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 match to teammate and eventual champ Alex Lane in the quarters...defeated two seeded players - Larsen (Santa Cruz) and Weichert (Pomona-Pitzer) - before falling to Lane...paired up with fellow freshman Nik Marino to reach the semis of the doubles as an unseeded team, losing to eventual champs Ballou and Worley of Cal Lutheran...earned fall singles rankings of #42 nationally and #11 in the west, and #8 in doubles with Marino in the west...played five other events to round out his fall competition schedule...off-season minor knee surgery delayed his return to the starting lineup, but he returned to singles action at #6 on April 6th against Gustavus Adolphus...played in six dual matches at the #5 and #6 spots, losing only one set and going 6-0...finished the year with a 9-2 singles mark and a 3-1 doubles record.
Tools: Head YOUTEK IG Speed 18 x 20 with Solinco Tour Bite in the mains at 56 lbs and Solinco Barb Wire in the crosses at 58 lbs.
Personal: Eldest of four Bernhardt children, all of whom play competitive junior tennis and part of the 2011 Southern California Tennis Family of the Year...has reached two finals with mother Caroline at USTA National Mother-Son Hardcourts...first picked up a racket at age 3, began playing everyday at age 8…Bernhardt family also honored as San Diego Tennis Family of the Year in 2004…swam, played baseball and basketball while growing up…favorite movies are Anchorman, Step Brothers, and The Dark Knight…has volunteered as a tennis official in San Diego and leads practice for the Claremont Crushers of U14 Junior Team Tennis…has two jobs on campus with the athletic department: as an unpopular referee of CMS intramurals, and chasing balls at Stags Soccer home games.
Favorite Stag: Gary Biszantz (CMC '56, Hall of Fame Class of 2003) – just look at our courts....
What You Didn't Know: must have the volume set on a number ending with 0, 2, 5, or 8 (if it's not he will change it)