Tyler Gardiner (L) and Kevin Wong
Jan. 5, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's tennis head coach Bruce Berque announced today (Saturday, Jan. 5) the commitment of two student-athletes to join the tennis program. The Wolverines will welcome Tyler Gardiner (Novi, Mich./Northville HS) and Kevin Wong (Hong Kong/Diocesan) to the team for the 2013-14 season.
"We are thrilled that Tyler and Kevin will be on board next year," Berque said. "They are both athletic, skilled in doubles as well as singles, and experienced at both the national and international junior levels. We are confident that they will be working very hard in the coming eight months, as they are very eager to be positive contributors in their first year at Michigan."
Gardiner, who attended Northville High School, is currently rated as a four-star recruit by the recruiting service tennisrecruiting.net. He won the individual singles title at the 2011 Division I Michigan High School Athletic Association state championship and earned runner-up honors in the same flight in 2012. In total, Gardiner posted a 63-2 high school record, including a 30-1 mark during his senior campaign.
In 2012, Gardiner was a quarterfinalist in the Boys 18-and-under National Clay Court Doubles competition. In 2010, Gardiner reached the USTA 16-and-under quarterfinals in the National Championships and won the South Carolina ITF doubles championship. He was ranked as high as No. 4 nationally for Boys 16-and-under singles and as high as No. 1 nationally for Boys 14-and-under singles and Boys 12-and-under singles.
He has also participated in the World Junior Tennis Championships, National Clay Court Championships and National Hard Court Championships.
Wong, who attended Diocesan Boys' School in Hong Kong, currently holds an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Ranking of 93. As a junior in 2012, Wong won the G4 Malacca ITF International Tennis Singles Championship. In both 2011 and 2012, Wong claimed the Lions HK National Junior Tennis U-18 Singles Title.
Additionally, Wong won three doubles tournaments in 2012, posting victories at the G3 Chickeeduck HK Open Junior Tennis Championships, the G3 New Zealand 18U ITF Summer Championships and the G4 Tennis Central 18U ITF Summer Championships. Wong holds a 2-2 record against United States blue-chip recruits.
The Wolverines lose senior Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Kaplan)
to graduation following this season.
Michigan returns to action on Sunday, as the team heads to the Key Biscayne Individuals (Jan. 6-8) in Key Biscayne, Fla. U-M opens its dual-match season on Saturday, Jan. 19, when the Wolverines host TCU at 6 p.m. at the Varsity Tennis Center.
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