Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tennis: OU Signs Two International Stars

NORMAN, Okla. – OU men’s tennis head coach John Roddick announced today that Axel Alvarez and Leonard Stakhovsky have signed letters of intent to become Oklahoma Sooners and will join the program in the fall of 2012.

“We couldn’t have had things go any better than we did with our recruiting class this spring,” John Roddick said. “I know these two guys are going to do a lot for the program over the four years they are here, both on the courts in the classroom.”

Alvarez (Asturias Spain) is currently ranked 1074 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and is 992 in doubles. In juniors action, Alvarez posted a 42-18 career singles record and went 46-9 in doubles. The Spaniard advanced to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Juniors Wimbledon tournament and Australian Open Junior Championships.

“We are excited to get a player of Axel’s level coming to OU,” Roddick said. “He has been one of the top juniors in Spain for the last four or five years. I was able to see him play at Wimbledon and I know where his level is. He is going to be a big contributor to our team.”

Stakhovsky (Ukraine) reached a career-high ATP ranking of 840 in singles and 814 in doubles. The Ukranian native advanced to the round of 16 at the Australian Open Junior Championships and ITF Junior Open in 2010.

“We are very excited to have Leo [Leonard] in this class,” Roddick said. “We have actually known his family for quite a few years. We are very familiar with him and I think he is going to be a great fit. Academically he is very excited about coming to OU.”

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