O'Leary, Glennon and Glavin Ready to Join Tiger Men's Tennis
Jan. 6, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The men's tennis team welcomes three new members for the spring season, David O'Leary, Connor Glennon and Darragh Glavin. O'Leary, Glennon and Glavin join a roster with hefty expectations for the upcoming season.
O'Leary brings a wealth of winning experience to Memphis. He has over 30 wins on the Futures Tour, including multiple wins over top-1,000 ATP world ranked players. O'Leary has a career-high ATP ranking of 1,511 in singles play and has also reached No. 472 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Rankings. He has consistently been ranked as a Top 40 British Senior National player. O'Leary has reached the single's final at Nottingham and semifinals at the Scottish National Championships.
According to Memphis Assistant Coach Mark Finnegan, "David is what you describe as the perfect college player. His work ethic and desire to compete within a team environment is very special and exciting. He is going to have a tremendous impact on the program in his next four years. David loves to frustrate his opponents with his gutsy, never-say-die attitude on the court. He always makes his opponent play one extra shot."
Glennon has had a stellar prep career and comes to Memphis with an ATP World Doubles Ranking of 912. He has been ranked as high as No. 911. In singles play, the British-native has achieved an ITF ranking of 253. On the ITF Junior Circuit, Glennon has won one singles event and two doubles tournaments. Over the past year, he was consistently beaten ATP ranked players.
"I think connor is going to hugely benefit from the college tennis system. He has lacked consistency in his training and tournament schedule. But, knowing how successful he has been without this consistency, the sky is the limit for him. Connor is a tremendous athlete. We could not be more excited to have him as a part of the Tiger tennis family. I expect Connor to be an aggressive baseliner with a huge serve. With his height and mobility, he can play an all court game and have no weaknesses," said Finnegan.
Glavin rounds out the newcomers. Glavin has one ATP doubles point and has been listed in the junior world rankings for the past few years. He'll be the lone left-handed player on the Tiger's roster. Glavin chose Memphis over Conference USA-rivals UAB and Tulsa.
"I could not be more excited about the arrival of Darragh. He is from my home town [Newbridge Town, Ireland] and attended the same high school as me. Darragh had a lot of offers from some very good schools, so we are very fortunate for him to believe that Memphis is the place he wants to call home. He is going to develop immensely over the next few months and discover his potential," stated Finnegan.