Head coach Brad Dancer announced the addition of four recruits for this season.
Nov. 18, 2009
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini men's tennis team will welcome the addition of four newcomers this January, as head coach Brad Dancer announced the signing of Brian Alden (Barrington, Ill./St. Viator/Laurel Springs), Karunuday (KU) Singh (Gurgaon, Haryana, India/ National Institute of Open Schooling), Jean Andersen (Cape Town, South Africa/Waterkloof High School/Home-Schooled) and Stephen Hoh (Eaglemont, Victoria, Australia/Distance Education Centre).
Alden has a five-star rating on TennisRecruiting.net and currently ranks No. 59 nationally and third in the state. In action this past summer, Alden advanced to the final eight at the Midwest Open, as well as the final 16 at the USTA Spring National Championships and Gator Bowl.
"We're excited to get someone we've seen for a number of years now," Dancer said. "Both Marcos (Asse) and I see a tremendous upside and expect that with a lot of hard work and dedication, Brian will make a big statement demonstrating the effectiveness of our player development program."
Singh has captured two singles and three doubles titles at junior International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments in his young career and advanced to the quarterfinals at two Futures tournaments in August and October.
"KU will bring a high energy personality, playing experience, and a strong foundation to keep building his game around," Dancer said. "We'll continue to add wrinkles to his repertoire, especially tactically, improve his strength and watch him blossom."
Andersen, who currently ranks a career-high 717 in the world, won the South Africa F2 Futures tournament in October and was a part of the South African Davis Cup training squad. He also is the winner of two ITF singles and doubles titles.
"It's been a long road to get Jean here, but his patience will pay off with the great experience he'll have at Illinois," Dancer said. "His team spirit will pay huge dividends for the Illini in the future, while his academic progress this past year demonstrates some of the maturity that is carrying over on to the tennis court."
Rounding out the group is Hoh, who has won four ITF junior doubles titles and two singles titles, including the Malacca ITF International Junior singles and doubles championships in March. He also was a member of Australia's Junior Davis Cup team in 2007
"The weapons in Stephen's game will be very exciting," Dancer said. "He's had a tremendous infrastructure of coaching including former ATP pro Richard Fromberg and former Illini men's tennis head coach Craig Tiley's developmental system. In addition, Hoh's academic success will be a big asset to Illinois' school of business."
The Illini's spring season kicks off Jan. 15 at Florida Gulf Coast.