April 15, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's tennis head coach Bruce Berque announced the signing of Michael Zhu (Princeton, N.J./Keystone National) to a National Letter of Intent on Friday (April 15), officially joining current signees Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Eli Brown (Toronto, Ontario/City Academy) in the 2011-12 recruiting class.
"We are all thrilled that Michael will be joining us at Michigan next year," Berque said. "Michael is a very gifted player, with natural ball-striking ability, and I am certain that he will be a great asset to our team throughout his career at Michigan. His work ethic, passion for the game, and personal character are a perfect fit with the culture we are fortunate to have in place in our tennis program.
"Along with our earlier signings of Eli Brown and Alex Petrone, we are confident that this recruiting class will have a significant impact on our goal to elevate U-M to the highest levels of collegiate tennis."
Zhu (pronounced "JOO"), hails from Princeton, N.J., and will graduate from Keystone National High School. He is rated as a blue-chip recruit, and was ranked as high as No. 15 by the recruiting service tennisrecruiting.net. Zhu is ranked No. 110 in the ITF Juniors and has played in many international competitions. In 2010, Zhu qualified for the U.S. Open Juniors, and reached the singles quarterfinals of the Easter Bowl, the Uruguay Bowl and the Costa Rica Bowl. Additionally, Zhu won the doubles title at the Costa Rica Bowl and reached the semifinals of the Easter Bowl and Uruguay Bowl. In 2009, Zhu made the finals of the International Grass Court Championships and the round of 16 at the Canadian Open Junior Championships.
Michigan loses three seniors -- Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance), Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) and Duncan Muil (Lake Jackson, Texas/The Kings School) -- to graduation at the end of the season.
Michigan Inks Petrone, Brown for 2011-12 (Nov. 12, 2010)
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