Alejandro Hernandez wanted an American education so badly that he admitted he was willing to sleep on the floor. In 1986, when he got the opportunity to attend Washington College, he catapulted the Sho’men Tennis program into the national spotlight, a position it continues to hold.
Born in Tanulepas, Mexico, Alejandro started playing tennis when he was nine. Before transferring to Washington College, he had been ranked 36th in the Mexican Men’s Open and represented his country at the University Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Even though Alejandro played only his junior and senior years at Washington College, he ranks fifth in career wins with 102 victories. While playing #1 singles and #1 doubles, he became the College’s first tennis All-American in 1986, and repeated that accomplishment in 1987.
He capped his undergraduate career by finishing in the final 16 at the NCAA Division III National Singles Championships, and earning a #4 national ranking. In doubles he was a semifinalist with longtime friend and fellow All-American Enrique Leal in 1986 and 1987, and he and freshman Larry Gewer were quarterfinalists at Nationals. With Leal, Alejandro was ranked #2 in the nation, and with Gewer he was ranked #6 nationally. Alejandro never finished lower then second in the NCAA South Atlantic Region in singles or doubles.
More important than any of his individual accomplishments was his contribution to his team. While Alejandro played #1, he led his team to a first-ever NCAA Division III national championship appearance (in 1986, finishing seventh in nation), a first-ever “Final Four” standing in the NCAA’s. (in 1987, finishing third in nation), a first-ever Middle Atlantic Conference Team Championship, a second consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference team title and an overall team record of 50 wins and 10 losses.
He was voted his team’s Most Valuable Player in 1986 and at graduation received the Athletic Council Award. Following graduation he returned to his native Mexico.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Alejandro Hernandez into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame on this fourth day of October, 2003.