State Men's Tennis Inks Three Of World's Best Juniors
STARKVILLE, Miss. - On the heels of one of its best seasons in nearly 15 years, the Mississippi State men's tennis program announced Friday the signing of three highly-talented newcomers which will join the Bulldogs for the 2012-13 campaign.
Hailing from London, England, Jordan Angus is one of the very best British players to be entering into the collegiate system this coming August.
Angus sports a personal-best world junior ranking of No. 74 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). He has won numerous singles and doubles titles on the world junior circuit and is one of the most gifted players under 18 in all of Great Britain. He will compete in Junior Wimbledon this summer.
Coming to Starkville by way of Huppaye, Belgium, is Romain Bogaert, considered to be possibly the best player coming into the American collegiate system from Belgium in the past few years.
Having beaten multiple players in the top 20 in the ITF world junior rankings and men's player top 900 in the world on the pro circuit, Bogaert's highest world junior ranking is No. 118 by the ITF. He is one of Belgium's most talented young players under 20 years of age.
Rounding out State's signees is Stefan Vinti of Medias, Romania, considered the best Romanian player coming into college this year and is the best under 18 in his home country.
Vinti's highest world junior ranking to date has been No. 28 by the ITF. He has competed at the highest level junior world tennis has to offer. He will join Angus in Junior Wimbledon competition this summer.
"We are extremely excited about Jordan, Romain and Stefan joining our program," MSU head coach Per Nilsson said. "All three guys are extremely talented and have proven themselves on a very high level in world junior competition. They will all be great assets in helping us compete for the national championship in the coming years."
The Bulldogs made their 21st NCAA appearance in 2012, posting their best record (20-7) since 1998, and finished third in the powerful Southeastern Conference, claiming the Western Division of the league outright for the second year in a row.
MSU finished ranked 11th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the program's highest final national ranking in 14 years.