Wake Forest University finished 2017 season ranked 2nd, behind Virginia Cavaliers, and they are eyeing the similar kind of form in 2018 as well, preparing very solid roster that will try to take the Cavaliers down. Tony Bresky, men's tennis head coach at Wake Forest Demon Deacons, announced the addition of 2 new names before the new season, Julian Zlobinsky and Bar Botzer. 21-year-old Zlobinsky comes from Greenvale, New York, and he spent the first 3 seasons at the University of Texas, playing for the Longhorns in the previous 2 years, with a 31-19 mark. He won 3 Futures matches in singles and back in 2014 he was ranked inside the Top 100 on the ITF junior list, competing in numerous events since 2011. He won ITF Juniors G3 Almaty in Kazakhstan back in 2013 in both singles and doubles, with a few other good results. He will play for Wake Forest in the next 2 seasons.
Bar Tzuf Botzer is a 23-year-old Israeli who was a Top 30 junior in 2012, battling against some of the finest players born between 1993-96, including Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov. Last year, he was ranked inside the Top 500 on the ATP list, winning more than 100 ITF Futures matches and a title at the Turkey F27 Futures last year. He also participated in 4 Davis Cup singles matches, without scoring a win. Bar didn't play a tennis for almost a year and joining Collegiate tennis was the best move he could make, getting a chance to work one of the best teams in the States and earn an academic degree.
"We are very excited to add Julian and Bar to our program," said Bresky. "Julian has been a part of a top-10 program for each of his first two years at Texas and he has gained a lot of experience. He's hungry to improve and we are looking forward to working with him. Bar was one of the top players in Israel and has represented his country in Davis Cup on two occasions. Due to NCAA rules Bar has not been able to compete for the last year but he is eager to get back in competitive form. Both players should make an immediate impact on our team this year and we are excited to get on court with them."