Runhao Hua (L) and Cameron Norrie
Nov. 15, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's tennis head coach Bruce Berque announced today (Friday, Nov. 15) that the Wolverines signed two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Runhao (Leo) Hua (Shanghai, China/Edison Academics) and Cameron Norrie (Auckland, New Zealand/Macleans College) have committed to join the team for the 2014-15 season.
"We are extremely excited that both Leo and Cameron have decided to join us at Michigan," Berque said. "They both come with a significant amount of experience at the international junior level, and we believe both will make immediate impacts on our program.
They both took official visits this fall and were very comfortable with the guys on our team and the academic and athletic opportunities at the University of Michigan."Norrie has been ranked as high as No. 10 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Rankings and attends Macleans College in Auckland, New Zealand. He holds 12 ITF titles (five singles and seven doubles) and owns a career record of 96-50 in singles and 81-44 in doubles.
Norrie has won the New Zealand 18-and-under Summer Championships on two occasions, and has earned singles crowns at two ITF Indoor Championships in Auckland. Last March, He won both the singles and doubles draws at the G1 Mitsubishi-Lancer International Junior Championships in Manila, Philippines. Norrie has competed at the junior events at all four Grand Slams: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Hua, who attended Edison Academics in Bradenton, Fla., holds a career-best International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Ranking of 138. As a junior in 2013, Hua was rated the No. 2 player in Boys 18-and-under in China after winning the G4 China Junior 11 Shanghai doubles championship and advancing to the semifinals of the G2 Thailand KTB-LTAT ITF singles championship and the G4 China Junior 11 Shanghai Singles Championships, respectively.
He earned two tournament titles in 2012, claiming the G5 Bahamas ITF International Tennis singles championship and the doubles championship at the G5 Torneo ITF Juniors Copa San Agustin in Monterrey, Mexico. He also was a singles finalist at the G4 Monterrey, Mexico ITF singles championship and a runner-up at the G5 Bahamas ITF International doubles championship. Hua's most notable win on the junior circuit came at the Copa Del Café Singles Championships on Dec. 31, 2012, when he earned a 6-3,7-5 victory over Chile's Guillermo Nunez, who owned a No. 10 world ranking at the time of the match.
U-M expects to announce more commitments later this fall.
Michigan will graduate three seniors following the 2013-14 campaign. Shaun Bernstein (Plainview, N.Y./Plainview Old Bethpage JFK), Alex Buzzi (Key Biscayne, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Barrett Franks (Christchurch, New Zealand/Shirley Boys') will exhaust their eligibility after the completion of the dual match season.
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