Andrew Watson Signs With Memphis Men's Tennis Team
Dec. 4, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
The University of Memphis men's tennis team announced the signing of Andrew Watson (Reigate, Great Britain/The Ashcombe School) to a National Letter of Intent, Wednesday. Watson is the first announced signee from the early signing period for a Tiger men's tennis team that loses five players to graduation following the upcoming spring dual season.
"We are so excited to have Andrew joining our team," Head Coach Paul Goebel said. "I really like the game style he plays, which is an aggressive, all-court game. He has the potential to continue to keep getting better and better. I feel he is very coachable and will really succeed in our program. In addition, he comes from a great family and will be a great representative of our tennis program."
At the British nationals, Watson put together a run as an unseeded player to the semifinals, upsetting the number three seed on the way. He also won the Dublin Open and won three junior international titles in doubles play.
Sporting an 18-5 record in doubles in the ITF junior ranks in the past year, Watson most recently won the doubles title at the ITF 4 Autumn in Almere, Netherlands in October, also advancing to the quarterfinals of the singles draw.
That doubles title followed a solid summer on the ITF junior circuit for Watson. He started by winning the doubles title at the Copa Indes International Tournament in El Salvador in June. He followed that tournament title with an appearance in the semifinals of the doubles draw at the Justine Henin Junior Cup in Belgium, then claimed another doubles title at the Flower Bulb Tournament in Hillegom, Netherlands.
He then closed out his summer ITF junior schedule with a semifinals appearance in the doubles draw and a quarterfinals appearance in the singles draw at the Swiss Junior Trophy in Oberentfelden, Switzerland.
Outside his ITF schedule, Watson was also an Under 16 national league club champion with Weybridge Tennis Club and represented State for the past three years in both juniors and adult play.
The son of Stuart and Destine, Watson also has a sister, Caroline. He was also recruited by Notre Dame, Middle Tennessee, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Cornell, Tennessee and Duke.
Memphis advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 last season after winning their first Conference USA championship. The Tigers will open play in the American Athletic Conference this year. The team begins its spring season January 17-20th in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
The ITA preseason team rankings will be released on January 2nd. The Memphis men's tennis team is expected to announce two other signees from the early signing period later this week.