Felipe Soares Signs National Letter of Intent With Red Raider Tennis|
Felipe Soares signed a national letter of intent to plat tennis at Texas Tech beginning in the fall of 2012.
Nov. 17, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas - Felipe Soares of Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, has signed a national letter of intent to play tennis at Texas Tech beginning in the fall of 2012.
"I am really excited to have Felipe become a part of our program," said Red Raider head coach Tim Siegel. "Marcelo (Ferreira) did an outstanding job recruiting him. Felipe has the opportunity to compete at a high level and help us continue our success at Texas Tech."
Soares, who was ranked No. 3 in Brazil in the boys 18s, is currently ranked 996th in singles and 841st in doubles on the ATP World Tour Rankings competing as an amateur.
"I have been invited by other schools to play collegiate tennis before but I never really had any interest until coach Marcelo Ferreira talked to me and convinced me that I could keep playing tennis at a high level, get my degree and represent one of the best schools in the country," said Soares. "I know the group is extremely competitive and strong and I am looking forward to contributing to the success of the team. The learning experience will be amazing.
"This was the most important decision I've ever made in my life and I will be able to keep doing what I love the most which is play tennis. I want to thank coach Ferreira and coach Siegel for the opportunity and for believing in my potential."
Soares has had a solid season competing as an amateur on the ITF Futures Tour in South America this year. He secured wins over Danilo Ferraz and Diego Mattos in October. Both are ATP World Tour Top 500 players. His efforts on the court have seen his world ranking in singles drop from 1697 to 996 in 11 tournaments.
Soares teamed with Thales Turini to win the doubles title at the ITF Futures Porto Alegre Open De Tenis in October in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This came two weeks after the duo advanced to the finals of the ITF Futures event in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
In singles action, Soares has gone 30-19 this year on the ITF Futures Tour. He advanced to the quarterfinals twice and made it to the round of 16 in six of 11 events.
Texas Tech, ranked No. 21 nationally, returns to action at the Miami Hurricane Invitational Jan. 13 in Coral Gables, Fla. The Red Raiders open the dual match season Jan. 20, when Texas Tech hosts the Tulane Green Wave at the McLeod Tennis Center in Lubbock.