Height
6'6
Class
Junior
Hometown
Dublin, Ireland
High School
Belvedere College

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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