Horacio Matta, Rajeev Ram bring championship pedigree to Cal men’s tennis staff

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Two new coaches will be helping to shape the future of Cal men’s tennis. The team has hired Horacio Matta and Rajeev Ram, per an announcement Cal men’s tennis director Peter Wright made Wednesday.

Matta, who will serve as the Bears’ assistant coach, has coached across the globe. In addition to working with Chile’s Davis Cup team, Matta has coached Olympic medalists Nicolás Massú and Fernando González.

Beyond his global reach, Matta is very familiar with Cal and the Bay Area. The father of former Bear Gunther Matta, he served as volunteer assistant coach for Stanford last season.

Ram, who joins Cal’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach, has found success at nearly every level of tennis. Ranked No. 9 in doubles per the latest ATP rankings, Ram most recently took home the men’s doubles championship at the 2020 Australian Open. Ram has also won two ATP World Tour singles titles, collected a silver medal alongside Venus Williams at the 2016 Olympics and was crowned NCAA doubles champion in 2003.

Following the departure of former associate head coach Tyler Browne in early June, the two new coaches bring both promise and experience.

Kabir Rao covers men’s tennis. Contact him at [email protected].