Mait DuBois, men's tennis head coach has added 5 newcomers to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington squad, and he now announces the 6th player that will ginger up the Seahawks team before the spring season. 18-year-old Spaniard Ignasi de Rueda joins the team a few days before the season opener versus Appalachian State on January 21. De Rueda is Barcelona native and he was in the Top 250 in the ITF junior rankings a year ago, winning Slovenian Junior Open in 2015 and 2 more doubles crowns.
Last summer he reached the semi-final of the Spanish Junior Championships and he also brings some solid pro experience, trying to earn some points in 35 Futures so far but with no wins in singles so far on that level.
"We've been recruiting Ignasi for a long time and he came available very late in the recruiting process," said DuBois, four-time CAA Coach-of-the-Year. "His recruitment is a good example of our administration really supporting us and many people putting in the extra effort to make it happen.
I am very appreciative to those working with us over the holiday season. Ignasi possesses a lot of International experience and is one of the top junior players coming out of one of the best tennis countries in the world. He is very motivated with his tennis and shares our passion for what we are trying to build here.
I have really enjoyed getting to know him and his family and I know with his personality, he will fit in very quickly."
"One of the reasons I chose UNCW is the high level of tennis, because my goals are keep playing the highest level as possible," said de Rueda. "I want to get a degree at an excellent university.SOURCE: http://www.uncwsports.com/news/2017/1/18/seahawks-add-sixth-mens-tennis-newcomer.aspx ALSO READ: Rene Vidal appointed as a volunteer coach at UCF
Another reason is the special and nice facilities that UNCW campus has. I also have a very good relationship with Coach Dubois and that helped me make my final decision."