Men's Tennis

Farris  Gosea
Farris Gosea


Cardiff, Wales, UK

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 154




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Junior 2013-14
All-American ... Became the sixth Illini ever to claim Big Ten Player of the Year ... First-Team All-Big Ten ... Two-time (3/4, 3/11) Big Ten Tennis Athlete of the Week ... Finished the year ranked 20th Nationally in singles ... Dike Eddleman Male Athlete of the Year finalist ... Won the team's MVP award and Most Improved ... Finished with the most wins on the team with a 36-10 mark and 23-4 dual record ... His 36 wins tied Amer Delic (2003) for the sixth most all-time in a single season ... At-large selection for the NCAA Singles Tournament where he fell in the first round to Wake Forest's Romain Bogaerts ... Went undefeated in Big Ten play at 10-0 ... Recorded the longest winning streak on the team with 12 straight victories ... Posted a 10-2 record against ranked opponents in the spring ... Notable spring victories include No. 11 Tom Jomby of Kentucky and No. 8 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State and No. 19 Harrison Adams of Texas A&M ... Provided singles victories in all three matches of the home sweep vs. No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 10 Texas ...Gosea played both No. 1 and 2 singles and helped the top three positions post a combined 69-17 record, good for a .802 winning percentage ...Reached the semis at ITA Midwest Regionals ... Tallied a 21-14 overall mark in doubles with a 12-0 dual record ...Academic All-Big Ten.

Sophomore 2012-13
Improved his win total by nine by achieving a 20-13 overall mark with a 16-5 dual match record... Primarily played the No. 6 singles position where he was undefeated at 8-0... Key in Big Ten play, accumulating an 8-2 record with six straight set victories... Delivered big wins over No. 7 Kentucky's Grant Roberts and No. 61 Eric Johnson of USC... Went 22-14 overall in doubles... Achieved a 10-2 record with Tim Kopinski, including a 4-0 mark in No. 1 doubles... Notable wins include No. 23 Konigsfiedt/McLachlan of California and No. 26 Hanfmann/Sarmiento.

Freshman 2011-12

Joined the team in January to start the spring season ... Captured 11 singles and 13 doubles wins ... Reached a career-high No. 61 alongside Dennis Nevolo in the national doubles rankings on March 27.

Juniors/High School
Checked in at No. 1627 in the ATP rankings with wins over top-700 opponents ... Boasted a 2.2 rating, which was the highest in his age group in the United Kingdom ... Ranked 38th overall in the U.K. ... Two-time champion of the Welsh Doubles League, where he went undefeated both times he won ... Was 24-6 over his last year in high school tennis and 42-4 over his last three years with the Barry Tennis Club, which is the third-highest-rated tennis club in Great Britain.

Born Farris Gosea on March 3, 1994 ... Son of Sami and Cheryl Gosea ... Enrolled in the College of Engineering ... Enjoys video games, puzzles and golf ... His biggest thrill in sports was getting his first ATP point ... Names David Ferrer as his favorite athlete ... Plans to either play tennis professionally or become an astronaut after college.

Career Statistics

Singles Doubles
Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten
2011-12 11-7 6-4 13-12 7-4
2012-13 20-13 8-2 22-14 6-3
2013-14 36-10 10-0 21-14 3-2
Total 67-30 24-6 56-40 16-9