COLLEGE STATION -- With the start of the fall tournament season underway, the Texas A&M men’s tennis team has added two newcomers to the fold in Kayvon Karimi and Chris Chirico.
Karimi, a six-foot right-handed freshman from Dallas, Texas, is a top 30 recruit for the Aggies who was ranked No. 2 nationally in 12’s, No. 9 nationally in 14’s and in the top 30 nationally in 16’s and 18’s. A two-time Copper Bowl winner, he placed sixth at the National Clay Court Championships, fourth at the Winter Nationals and fifth at the Easter Bowl during her junior tennis career.
“Kayvon is a diamond in the rough,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “He is a big athlete and has tremendous potential to get better. He really has a great opportunity to excel here at Texas A&M and has the perfect setting to reach that potential with all of the hard workers he has around him. He is a big server with a good forehand and we are definitely looking forward to him having a good run here in Aggieland.”
Chirico, a 5-foot-9 right-handed sophomore transfer from Philadelphia, was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and an All-Conference First Team selection while attending Saint Joseph’s University in 2007. A member of the Junior Davis Cup Team in 2003, Chirico was one of the top ITF juniors with national rankings in the top 50 in singles and top 15 in doubles. He also ranked No. 1 nationally in 12’s, 14’s and 16’s in singles and No. 1 nationally in 16’s and 18’s in doubles.
“Chris is a very talented player in both singles and doubles,” Denton said. “He is a highly-ranked international player. He has wins over (professional tennis player) Donald Young and several other top international players. We have been very impressed with his work ethic and court savvy. Chris is a true team player that will make everyone around him play better, so he will fit in very well here at Texas A&M. He should contribute immediately in both singles and doubles.”
Karimi and Chirico add depth to a veteran Aggie lineup which includes senior All-American Jerry Makowski (Bradenton, Fla.), All-Big 12 Conference performer Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas), senior Matt Bain (Georgetown, Texas), senior Mike Beatty (Cincinnati, Ohio), junior Stephen Shields (Austin, Texas) and sophomore Brad Williams (Cape Town, South Africa).