Coach Klein Says: A very strong player who is among the best in the nation. Has a great deal of natural ability which he hides under an icy smooth exterior.
Earned All-America honors in doubles. Also named First Team All-Conference USA and First Team All-Louisiana.
SINGLES: Closed his senior season ranked No. 98 in the nation with a 14-9 record. Posted a 4-5 record against ranked opponents. Battled injuries to open the season, but won eight straight No. 2 singles matches late in the year. His victory at No. 2 singles against TCU clinched the Conference USA title for the Green Wave, while he also had the clinching win over Louisville in the semifinals.
DOUBLES: He and junior Michael Kogan ended the year ranked No. 5 ranking in the country with a 26-2 mark, including 12-2 against ranked opponents. Had 16 straight dual-match wins at No. 1 doubles. Earned victories over the No. 2 (Lipsky/Martin from Stanford) and No. 3 (Maiberger/Redondo from San Diego State) doubles duos in the nation.
Fall 2002: Entered the fall ranked No. 39 in the preseason rankings. Played a very challenging tournament schedule, posting a 4-8 singles record; however, all of his losses came to ranked foes.
Spring 2002: Ranked No. 56 in the nation and was named to the All-Conference USA First Team. Posted a 15-8 record playing primarily at second singles. Named the No. 1 alternate to the NCAA Singles Championship. Played in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Michael Kogan and the pair upended the No. 1 team in the nation in the opening round. Posted a 25-2 doubles record. Shared team MVP honors with Kogan. Also named to the All-Louisiana First Team.
Fall 2001: Ranked No. 55 in the preseason rankings and climbed to No. 33 at the end of a successful fall. Won the Tulane Invitational, knocking off three top 100 foes, including teammate and No. 15 ranked Michael Kogan in the championship. Also teamed with Kogan to win the doubles title, with a championship win over the No. 5 duo from LSU. He and Kogan closed the fall ranked No. 22 in the nation in doubles.
Spring 2001: Stepped into the Wave lineup and was effective at all three singles positions he played, closing the season as the No. 91-ranked singles player in the nation. Earned All-Conference USA honors after helping lead the Wave to the league title. Posted the best singles winning percentage on the team (.864), including a perfect 6-0 record at No. 3 singles. Also earned All-Louisiana accolades.
Fall 2000: Did not compete. Joined the Green Wave in January of 2001.
Prep: A 2000 graduate of Instituto Santa Monica. Currently ranked No. 3 in Mexico. Was the No. 1 ranked player in his age group in his country from 1989 to 1997. Won over 10 national championships in singles and doubles.
Personal: Born January 26, 1979 in Mexico City. The son of Victor M. Romero and Rosa Criner. Has two older sisters. Majoring in business. Won a professional tournament in Mexico over the summer of 2002, playing as an amateur.
Romero's Career Stats
|Singles||No. 1||No. 2||No. 3||vs. Ranked||Overall||Spring 2001||4-1||9-2||6-0||4-1||19-3||Fall 2001||-||-||-||3-4||7-4||Spring 2002||4-1||11-6||0-0||2-7||15-8||Fall 2002||-||-||-||2-8||4-8||Spring 2002||2-1||11-7||1-0||4-5||14-9||Career||10-3||31-15||7-0||15-25||59-32|
|Doubles||No. 1||No. 2||No. 3||vs. Ranked||Overall||Spring 2001||0-0||2-2||13-4||0-0||15-6||Fall 2001||-||-||-||0-0||3-0||Spring 2002||21-2||1-0||0-0||8-3||23-3||Fall 2002||-||-||-||0-2||1-2||Spring 2002||23-1||0-0||0-0||12-2||26-2||Career||44-3||3-2||13-4||20-7||6813|