Men's Tennis Newcomers Will Bring Diversity in 2010-2011
Aug. 24, 2010
The Tigers men's tennis program continued its world-wide recruiting trend with the signing of Spanish netter Joan Marc Grimal-Ferrer and Joe Salisbury of England. Head coach Paul Goebel announced Tuesday that both have signed an NLI with the University of Memphis, joining David O'Hare and Cedric de Zutter to round out the largest recruiting class in the program's history.
Grimal-Ferrer, a Barcelona native, has had extensive experience at the world level.
In 2007, Grimal-Ferrer reached the quarter finals of the Spanish National Championships, but had to pull out of the competition after twisting his ankle.
He said he chose Memphis over Iowa and Drake for the facilities, coaching staff and opportunity to compete and travel to the best tournaments that college tennis has to offer.
"Joan Marc is another vital piece of the puzzle in the future of Tiger tennis," assistant coach Mark Finnegan said. "He brings a wealth of experience and will almost have more experience than the usual senior tennis player in college. Joan Marc is going to have to adapt to the team environment of college tennis, once he gets this he will be a winner. He is the third player we are bringing in that is over six-foot tall with a huge game. He is a tremendous fighter on the court."
Salisbury will join the Tigers from London, where he played for men's team at Surrey State. He had a career-high ETA ranking of 174.
Salisbury has been training at the Sutton Tennis Center under Jeremy Bates and part time at the national training center in Roehampton, England. An illness kept Salisbury out of tennis for a full year at the age of 16. Before his illness, he was the No. 2 ranked junior in Britain U16 and is now getting back to full fitness.
"Joe is a smart, accomplished student athlete whose best is yet to come," head coach Paul Goebel said. "His illness interfered with his junior tennis career blossoming as much as he wanted, but I have no doubt that with his game, he will be a top player in college in years to come. We are so excited to have such a great student-athlete be a part of this remarkable recruiting class."