COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s tennis team has signed two of the top 10 prospects in the nation for the upcoming 2008 spring season as announced by head coach Steve Denton Tuesday.
Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) and Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) will join the nationally-ranked Aggies in January. Both tennis phenoms hail from the Sunshine State and make up one of the most heralded recruiting classes ever for A&M.
“Wil Spencer and Austin Krajicek are two of the top 10 recruits in the country,” Denton said. “Both have had tremendous fall seasons and there is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding the arrival of these two talented Floridians. Their recent results are showing that they will be major contributors to the success of our team this spring. In talking with both of the boys, I know that they are as excited as we are to have them here in Aggieland.”
Spencer, a 5-foot-11 right-hander, is the second-highest rated player in the class of 2008 by the Tennis Recruiting Network. He recently defeated some of the top juniors in the world to win the Pan American ITF Grade 1 Championships in Tulsa, Okla. As an unseeded player, Spencer won six-straight matches and boosted his world ranking from No. 306 to No. 92 in a single weekend. He previously trained at the John Newcombe Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas, and is looking to major in business at A&M. A member of the 2005 USTA Junior Davis Cup Team, Spencer was named team MVP and placed third at the Super National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also received a wild-card berth into the main draw of the Junior U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Krajicek, a 6-foot-1 left-hander, is rated seventh in the class of 2008 by the Tennis Recruiting Network. He recently competed as an amateur and reached the semifinals of the USTA Futures Pro Tournament in Mansfield, Texas. Krajicek also upset the No. 1 seed before falling in the quarterfinals to the eventual winner in a pro tournament held in Mazatlan, Mexico. He currently trains at the prestigious IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy and is looking to major in sport management or communications at A&M. A member of the 2006 USTA Junior Davis Cup Team, Krajicek reached the Junior U.S. Open doubles finals in 2006 and was ranked as high as No. 24 in the world junior rankings. He also competed in singles and doubles at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
2007-08 TEXAS A&M MEN’S TENNIS SIGNING CLASS
Wil Spencer, 5-11, Fr., Right-Hand, Ponce de Leon, Fla.
Austin Krajicek, 6-1, Fr., Left-Hand, Brandon, Fla.