Andre Napolitano Signs With Red Raider Tennis|
Andre Napolitano joins the 2013 recruiting class for Texas Tech.
December 4, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech men’s tennis head coach Tim Siegel announced Tuesday the signing of Andre Napolitano, one of the top junior players in South America.
“We are excited to add Andre to the Red Raider lineup for next season,” said Siegel. “He has the ability to strengthen our lineup and give us depth. We are looking forward to having him as a part of our program.”
Napolitano, a native of Maringa, Brazil, is currently ranked No. 1015 in the world by the ATP. Currently he is ranked No. 130 in the world by the ITF. He was ranked in U16 juniors in the Top 15 in South America by COSAT and No. 2 in Brazil.
“I wanted to be able to go to a school that would be able to offer me a good education and a well- respected degree but at the same time be part of a team that competes for titles,” said Napolitano. “I think Texas Tech is that place for me.
“On top of that, I feel the sense of family and strong chemistry among all the players since I will be spending the next four years with them. After studying all the possibilities and talking to (associate head coach) Marcelo Ferreira, I realized that Texas Tech has everything I need to grow as an athlete and an individual. I can't wait to contribute for the success of the team.”
Napolitano has recorded a pair of ITF singles wins in Costa Rica and El Salvador and won an ITF doubles title in Uruguay. He has secured major wins over ATP No. 590 Sergio Galdos, ATP No 390 Christopher Diaz No. 326, ATP No. 580, ITF No. 49 Pedro Cachin and ITF No. 33 Christian Garin.
"Andre is another player that we were fortunate to join our family at Texas Tech," added Ferreira. "His work ethic and attitude on and off the court will add a lot to our group. Andre is a talented player with a lot of potential and has a tremendous room for growth. I am looking forward to spending time with him on and off the court. I am appreciative that he put his trust in the coaching staff and in Texas Tech as the right place to pursue his goals."
Napolitano was also recruited by Wake Forest, Tennessee, San Diego, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Alabama.