ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head men's tennis coach Bruce Berque recently announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Wolverines will welcome Chris Cha of Eureka, Mo., and Evan King of Chicago, Ill., to the team for the 2009-10 season.
"We are thrilled to receive commitments from Chris Cha and Evan King to join our team in the fall of 2009," said Berque. "Having both been taught from an early age to pursue excellence in academics, personal character, and athletics, Chris and Evan will be great ambassadors for the University of Michigan. While the list of their tennis accomplishments is long, they both bring a lot more to the table than just their athletic skills. There is no question that they will make a major impact on our program and I am proud to have them on board."
One of the top junior players in the country, King is a member of the USTA High Performance Development program based in Boca Raton, Fla., where he currently trains full-time. He is listed No. 3 in theUSTABoys' 18-and-under singlesrankings and is the top-rated player in Boys' 16-and-under singles. King is also listed No. 90 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF)junior singles rankings.
King took home both the singles and doubles titles at the 2008 Evert American ITF tournament, and he won the Boys' 16-and-under doubles title while placing third in theBoys' 16-and-under singles draw at the USTA National Championships in August. King also won the 2008 USTA National Clay Courts title as a 16-year-old. His other national titles include the Easter Bowl 14-and-under and the USTA Winter National Championships as a 16-year-old. Hewas alsoa doubles finalist at the 2007 Orange Bowl.
In addition to his accolades for tennis achievement, King received the 2008 Sportsmanship Award at the USTA National Hard Court Championships. Hewas also the recipient of the 2008 Bill Talbert Sportsmanship Award at the International Tennis Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies.
Cha is currently the No. 36-ranked senior in the country according to tennisrecruiting.net. He was the doubles champion at the 2008 ITF event in Champaign, Ill., and he reached the singles round of 32 at the 2008 National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., after making it to the round of 16 at the Boys' 16-and-under of the same event the previous year. Cha was a finalist at the 2008 USTA St. Louis Junior Championship and took home a fifth-place finish at the Muterspaw Championship.
In 2007,Cha was the St. Louis Gateway singles champion and finished with USTA national rankings of No. 61 in singles and No. 24 in doubles.
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