Red Raider Tennis Adds Hugo Dojas To Lineup For January
Hugo Dojas has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the Red Raiders in January.
October 30, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Brazilian Hugo Dojas has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the Texas Tech men's tennis team in January, announced head coach Tim Siegel on Tuesday.
"We are really excited about the addition of Hugo to our program," said Siegel. "He provides us much needed depth and has the ability to make an immediate impact."
Dojas, a native of Ribeirao Preto, Brazil, was ranked as high as No. 1 in Brazil in Boys 14s and Boys 18s. His ITF Juniors World Ranking reached as high as No. 63 in the world.
"Texas Tech is a great school, very respected and well known in Brazil," said Dojas. "After talking to Coach (Marcelo) Ferreira and understanding how college tennis really works, I realized that going to Texas Tech would enable me to improve my tennis and allow me to pursue my dreams of playing in the professional level. On top of that I will be able to receive a degree from a very strong academic school.
"Knowing that I will be able to be part of the Red Raider family and to represent this team with guys I have known for a long time is a dream coming true. Leaving my country and my family will be tough but having friends on the team and knowing that my adaptation will be easier because of that made my decision even easier. I can't wait to step on the court and work hard every day to win for the school, for the coaches and for my teammates."
He has recorded wins over then ITF No. 18 Enzo Coucaud, then ITF No. 19 Thiago Monteiro and lost in three sets to ITF No. 3 Nikola Milojevic of Serbia. Dojas also qualified for both the U.S. Open and the French Open this year.
"We are very fortunate to have a player like Hugo join our team," added associate head coach Marcelo Ferreira. "His work ethic and attitude on and off the court will add a lot to our group. Hugo is an extremely talented player with so much potential to improve. He will definitely be able to help us in singles and doubles right away. I am looking forward to spending time with him on and off the court. I am aware that he was being recruited by many schools and appreciative that he put his trust in the coaching staff and in Texas Tech as the right place to pursue his goals."
This year he captured the ITF singles title at the Inka Bowl, a Grade 2 tournament, in Arequipa, Peru. He also advanced to the doubles finals of the same event. Dojas was the runner-up at the Nicholas Machiavel Tournament in Manta, Ecuador and was the ITF Champion of the Credicard Circuit in Brazil.
Dojas was also being recruited by Pepperdine, Auburn, Florida State and Illinois.