Outlook: Coach Kerry McDermott has pegged Juan Hamdan to fill the "father-figure" role on squad this season because of Hamdan's maturity and leadership off the court. On the court, Hamdan will fill the No. 5 singles spot in 2000. Hamdan, who spent the fall recovering from the summer surgery that repaired his right (serving) dislocated shoulder, may challenge junior transfer Adnan Hadzialic for No. 4 singles as the season progresses. Hamdan will also spend some time at No. 3 doubles, McDermott said.
Fall 1999: Hamdan did not compete during the fall while recovering from surgery on his right (serving) shoulder.
As a Junior (1998-99): Hampered by shoulder problems most of the season, Hamdan posted a 5-9 record in limited action at Nos. 4-6 singles. Hamdan played the later half of his matches while suffering from severe pain caused by a dislocated right shoulder.
As a Sophomore (1997-98): Hamdan posted a 3-10 record at No. 1 singles for Texas-Pan American University.
As a Freshman (1996-97): Hamdan posted a 7-8 record playing Nos. 1-5 singles.
Other: Hamdan held Mexico's No. 1 16-and-under doubles and singles rankings. Hamdan graduated from Atenieo High School in 1996. He is the second member of his family to compete for the Huskers. His uncle, Mario Hamdan, played No. 1 singles for Nebraska in 1975. The son of Vickie Tolentino and Joaquin Hamdan, Juan was born in Torreon, Mexico on July 26, 1978. Hamdan majors in psychology at NU.