Nov. 12, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's tennis head coach Bruce Berque announced Friday (Nov. 12) the signing of two players -- Alex Petrone (Staten Island, N.Y./Laurel Springs Prep) and Eli Brown (Toronto, Ontario/City Academy) -- to National Letters of Intent for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Petrone is currently rated as a blue-chip recruit and No. 18 in the country by recruiting service tennisrecruiting.net. He won the singles title at the South Carolina ITF Tournament earlier this month and is listed as No. 164 in the ITF Junior World rankings. In May 2010, Petrone won the Daytona Beach ITF Tournament and also won the U.S. International Hardcourt Championships in August. As a junior, he participated in the U.S. Open Juniors (singles), was a doubles finalist at the Eddie Herr Junior Tennis Championships, held the top ranking in the state of New York, and finished the year with a No. 10 USTA National U-16 singles ranking.
"We are thrilled that Alex will be joining us at Michigan next year," Berque said. "He is a very good athlete with terrific speed and is very sound technically. I have every expectation that Alex will have a great impact on our program during his four-year career."
Last year as a junior, Brown won the Cuba ITF singles title and the Dominican Republic ITF doubles title. Additionally, Brown was a doubles finalist at the ITF Canada tournament and at the U-18 Ontario Provincial tournament. He's also a two-time Ontario Provincial singles champion, winning the U-16 title in 2008-09 and the U-14 title in 2007-08, as well as reaching the doubles final of the Canadian U-16 National Championships. Brown has prior experience playing at the Varsity Tennis Center, as he reached the singles quarterfinals at the ITA Summer Regionals in Ann Arbor in July 2010.
"Eli made a great impression on our team during his visit, and is the perfect fit for the mentality that we have in place. He's passionate about the sport, has a tremendous work ethic and has a very strong junior tennis resume in both singles and doubles. We know that Eli will show up next September ready to fight for a lineup spot from the very beginning."
Michigan will lose seniors Jason Jung (Torrance, Calif./West Torrance) and Chris Madden (Lotus, Calif./Ponderosa) to graduation at the end of the season.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423