Perhaps no player embodies what it means to be a Memphis tennis player more than Alex Jago. Coming from abroad, Jago made the transition to playing collegiate tennis and handling responsibilities in the classroom, and by his senior season, was earning national athletic and academic honors.
Jago, who joined both the men's and women's tennis coaching staffs as an assistant coach in August of 2007, came to Memphis from his native Australia in January of 2003, and within days of setting foot on American soil, joined the Tigers at a tournament in Milwaukee, Wis. The collegiate newcomer would finish that first semester with a 12-11 record in singles, mostly playing No. 6, but four years later, would find himself a member of the No. 8 ranked doubles team in the country and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Memphis.
A three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar Athlete, Jago continually moved up in the Tigers' singles and doubles line-up, capping his four-year Memphis career with a 38-41 mark in singles, and a 42-37 mark in doubles. In the fall of his senior season, he was teamed with James Spence at No. 1 doubles, and the duo proceeded to have one of the most successful fall seasons in Tiger history. They went 6-4 through a difficult fall tournament schedule that included a 2-2 mark against top 40 doubles tandems in the ITA rankings, including wins over the No. 8 and No. 14 ranked teams. The impressive fall showing netted the Tiger tandem an end-of-fall ranking of No. 8 in the country, the highest-ever ranking by a Memphis doubles team, improving on the previous best of No. 12 set by Ben Stapp and current Memphis women's tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker.
But on the heels of the strong national ranking, Jago received bad news, being diagnosed with a career-ending wrist injury. But rather than walking away from college tennis, Jago embraced a new role, serving as a student assistant for the men's tennis staff and deciding on a career path in tennis administration.
On his graduation from the University of Memphis in December of 2006, Jago returned to his native Australia to work for Tennis Tasmania as a Member Services Coordinator. There, he got experience in coaching, fundraising and handling tournament administration duties before receiving a call from Tiger head coach Paul Goebel informing him that Lee Taylor Walker, the former men's assistant coach, had been named the women's head coach.
Jago, who received his degree in Sports Administration from Memphis, returned to Memphis and will work on court with both the men's and women's tennis teams beginning with the 2007-08 season. He will also assist with recruiting and scheduling with the men's program, and will also assist former teammate Lee Taylor Walker and former head coach Phil Chamberlain, with the women's tennis team.