Clancy Shields, men's tennis head coach at Arizona Wildcats, announced the new name that will reinforce the squad for the 2017-18 season, that being 19-year-old Swede Filip Malbasic. Stockholm native, Filip was ranked 260th on the ITF junior list, and he tried to leave his mark on the ITF Futures circuit in the past 2 years, without too much success.
Back in 2012, he had some good results at the U14 level, having a chance to play against Casper Ruud a few times, but he couldn't keep that pace in the recent years, and he decided that it is the best to cross the ocean and continue his career in Collegiate tennis.
Malbasic is the 5th newcomer in the Wildcats squad, following Carlos Hassey, Igor Karpovets, Aaro Pollanen, and Jonas Maier.
"We are really excited to have Filip join our program," Shields commented. "Filip and I had a great connection when we met in Sweden.
He is an outstanding kid with great character, a tremendous work ethic, and a good tennis resume to back it up. The more I got to know about Filip and his family, the sacrifices he has made to become an elite player and student, the more convinced I was that he was the right player for our program.
I'm looking forward to working with Filip on his development and making him the best possible player he can be. Filip joins the youth movement that includes four new faces this year, and I believe his contribution to the team on and off the court will be felt in a big way."
"I choose Arizona because of the connection I got while meeting with Clancy in Stockholm," said Malbasic. "I could see his vision with me on the team and his vision about the overall tennis program.SOURCE: Filip Malbasic Signs with Arizona Men’s Tennis ALSO READ: Todd Hooper joins Stetson Hatters as a volunteer assistant coach
Arizona has two very young coaches and passionate ones who will make me a better tennis player, but the main reason I chose Arizona was because they believe in me. Arizona is also a great academic school in the strong Pac-12 conference, and for me, studying business at one of the best business programs in the country made my choice even easier."