Shakeel Manji Signs NLI With Men's Tennis
Dec. 6, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
Shakeel Manji (Burton-Latimer, Great Britain/Latimer Community Arts College) will become the Memphis men's tennis team's third signee from the early signing period it was announced by head coach Paul Goebel, Friday.
"Shakeel is going to be a great collegiate tennis player," Goebel said. "He has the kind of personality that every coach would like to have on their team. His work ethic off the court and fighting spirit on the court will help provide the toughness necessary to win big matches. Shakeel has played numerous tournaments around the world and comes in with a lot of match experience. He will be a fun Tiger for fans to watch."
A top 10 ranked junior in Europe, Manji has appeared in various semifinals on the International Tennis Federation Juniors singles tour. He made his first singles semifinals appearance of the season in Denmark at the ITF Odense event, winning three sets in a tiebreak to advance to the finals. The following week, he appeared in the singles semifinals at the Deloitte Junior Cup in Aarhus, Denmark. He made his third straight singles semifinal appearance at the AEGON Junior International event in Edinburgh.
He put another run of singles semifinals appearances together in the fall, making it to the singles semis at the Taco Diogo Napoles in Portugal, the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Tennis Junior Open in Luxembourg and the quarters of the AEGON Junior International event in Liverpool.
Manji has also had success on the doubles courts, winning a doubles championship at the Tennis Federation of Luxembourg Championship earlier this year. He was also a finalist in doubles at the ITF Odense in Denmark, at the AEGON Junior International in Newcastle, and at the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Tennis Junior Open in Luxembourg. Two weeks ago, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles draw and the semifinals of the doubles draw at the AEGON Junior International event in Liverpool.
A top-five ranked junior in Great Britain, Manji was the number one ranked junior in the under 14s, and was the sixth-seeded player at the British nationals earlier this year.
Also recruited by Fresno State and LSU, Manji is the son of Nayeem and Nicola Manji.
He joins two other early signees for the Memphis men's tennis program. Andrew Watson (Reigate, Great Britain) and Kai Lemke (Trebur, Germany) will also start their college tennis careers at Memphis in the fall of 2014.