James

Cluskey

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Height: 6'6"
Class: Senior
City/State: Dublin, Ireland
High School: Belvedere College
Experience: 3 Letters

Bio

2009 SEC Community Service Team
2008 First-Team All-Louisiana
2008 SEC Honor Roll

CAREER (2005-09)
Cluskey was a dominant force in doubles each of his four years with the Tigers, earning a national ranking three of four years and peaking at No. 3 with partner Ken Skupski in 2007. The Dublin native tallied an incredible 82 doubles victories during his time at LSU and also compiled an impressive 57 singles wins. Not only a standout on the court,  Cluskey’s passion for philanthropy  in the community earned him a spot on the 10-member SEC Community Service Team in 2009.

SENIOR SEASON (2008-09)
Named to the SEC Community Service Team ... Clinched four doubles points for the Tigers during the dual season ... Defeated then 29th-ranked Devin Britton, the eventual NCAA Singles Champion 5-7, 7-6 (1), 7-5 in the Tigers’ regular season matchup with Ole Miss ... Upset 58th-ranked Bryant Salcedo and Nich Cromydas of Vanderbilt 8-5 with Tragardh ... Appeared at No. 53  in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings with Gauthier ... Listed at No. 5 with Venus in the ITA preseason rankings ... Posted a 5-5 singles record and a 6-4 doubles mark in fall competition ... Overcame No. 99 David Simon of Miami in a three-set victory 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 at the ITA Fall Southeast Regional... Earned fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2007-08)
Earned first-team All-Louisiana honors ... Named to the SEC Honor Roll ... Compiled 16 wins, including 13 in straight sets ... Had the best conference winning percentage on the team at 83.3 percent ... Led the team in doubles wins with 22 ... He and partner Michael Venus finished the season ranked No. 14 as a duo and earned a bid to the NCAA Doubles Tournament ... Cluskey and Venus compiled a team-best 16 doubles wins including going 10-0 at home ... Listed at No. 9, with partner Colt Gaston, in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association preseason rankings ... Slowed for most of the fall with a wrist injury but still finished with an unblemished 4-0 singles record and a 4-1 doubles record ... Earned third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2006-07)
Finished the season ranked No. 24 in doubles with Ken Skupski ... Reached the NCAA round of 16 in doubles with Skupski ... The Irishman clinched the St. Patrick’s Day match against Texas A&M by defeating Brett Joelson, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 ... Clinched LSU’s upset victory over No. 6 Illinois by defeating Brandon Davis, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, on March 20 ... Named LSU Male Athlete of the Week for the week of March 12-19 ... Ranked No. 28 in the preseason ITA doubles rankings with partner Skupski ... Knocked off teammate Kevin Dessauer at the Rice Invitational to take the B singles bracket title ... Teamed up with Skupski to reach the main draw semifinals of the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships ... Skupski and Cluskey defeated the then-No. 3 ranked team of Middle Tennessee’s Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom in the second round of the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships ... Teamed up with Skupski to reach the semifinals of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships ... Finished the fall season with a 5-2 record in singles and 7-5 record in doubles ... Earned second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005-06)
Saw plenty of action in his first year, compiling a 16-19 record in singles competition and an impressive 20-12 in doubles, including a 15-7 record while playing with Paul White ... In the fall, participated in four tournaments ... Reached the semifinals of the ITA Southeast Regional with doubles partner Ken Skupski ... Earned first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
2004 Irish under 18 national singles champion ... Was half of 2004 Irish national champion mixed doubles pair and a finalist in men's doubles ... Part of high school national champion team in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

PERSONAL
Born Aug. 18, 1986, in Dublin, Ireland ... Full name is James Cluskey ... Parents are Kevin and Esme Cluskey ... Has one brother, Stephen (24), and one sister, Amy (26) ... Decided to come to LSU because of the coaches, the facilities and the chance to play in the SEC ... Majoring in finance.

Cluskey's Career Statistics

Overall

vs. Top 125

SEC Dual

Year

W

L

Pct.

W

L

Pct.

W

L

Pct.

2005-06
16
19
.457
1
2
.333
4
7
.364
2006-07
17
11
.607
0
3
.000
6
3
.667
2007-08
16
7
.696
0
2
.000
5
1
.833
2008-09

8

20

.286

2

15

.118

2

8

.200

Totals

57

57

.500

3

22

.120

17

19

.472

Doubles

Overall

vs. Top 60

SEC Dual

Year

W

L

Pct.

W

L

Pct.

W

L

Pct.

2005-06
20
12
.625
0
1
.000
8
3
.727
2006-07
25
13
.658
4
6
.400
7
3
.700
2007-08
22
8
.733
5
4
.556
7
3
.700
2008-09

15

15

.500

3

8

.273

3

6

.333

Totals

82

48

.631

12

19

.387

25

15

.625

 

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