LUBBOCK, Texas – For the first time in program history, Texas Tech men’s tennis has received a national ranking for their 2021 recruiting class by Tennis Recruiting Network . With a recruiting class ranking of No. 15, Texas Tech will welcome newcomers Takeyasu Sekiguchi, Sebastian Abboud, Piotr Pawlak and […]
LUBBOCK, Texas – For the first time in program history, Texas Tech men's tennis has received a national ranking for their 2021 recruiting class by Tennis Recruiting Network. With a recruiting class ranking of No. 15, Texas Tech will welcome newcomers Takeyasu Sekiguchi, Sebastian Abboud, Piotr Pawlak and Olle Wallin to Lubbock in the fall of 2021. The No. 15 ranking puts the Red Raiders at the top of the Big 12 Conference and will to add roster depth to what is expected to be an already talented lineup for head coach Danny Whitehead and assistant coach Michael Breler.
Takeyasu (Take) Sekiguchi comes to Lubbock from the prestigious Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, California. Currently classified as a 5-star recruit, Take was a blue-chip player ranked as high as 20th nationally. "Takeyasu is an impressive young man who has shown a lot of promise during his junior career being ranked as high as a top 20 recruit nationally." said head coach Danny Whitehead "His communication and his work ethic have already been impressive to us; we believe his future as a Red Raider is very bright and we are excited to see what he can achieve."
Sweden native Sebastian Abbound is currently attending the Academy of KLTK where he has seen a great deal of success in his junior career. Ranked as high as the number two under-18 player in Sweden, Abbound was also a national champion in doubles, as well as a national team champion. "Sebastian has shown he has a high ceiling from his results in tournaments." remarked Whitehead "He has a lot of support from coaches in Sweden that believe his best tennis is in front of him. We believe he will thrive as he comes in and competes against the best in college tennis."
Rounding out Tech's historic class is Poland native Piotr Pawlak. Currently competing for Club WKT Mera Warszawa, Pawlak was the 18 and over champion of the Polish National Tournament and secured two ITF singles titles and five ITF doubles titles. At one point in his young career, Pawlak was the top ranked under-16 player in Poland. On what he expects from Piotr, Whitehead stated: "Piotr has proven he is among the best juniors in the world. With his top 50 ITF wins and strong national results in Poland we are looking for him to come in and continue his work ethic and look to contribute to this team"
The Swedish influence on the Red Raider roster continues with the addition of UNC-Charlotte transfer Olle Wallin. In his first season at UNC Charlotte, Wallin competed primarily in the number one singles slot and finished the season with eight wins and only one loss. Wallin has also seen success in international competition having been a two-time semifinalist on the ITF Junior World Tour and earning one ATP point. When asked why he wanted Wallin on the Tech roster, Whitehead said: "Olle had an impressive freshman season at Charlotte with some very good wins at the top of the lineup against top 15 teams and NCAA postseason teams. He seems hungry for more and we are excited to have him join us as a sophomore this year and continue to grow here in Lubbock."
"We are excited about this class joining our team. It is a very talented group that I know will be hungry to contribute to our team. We are excited to get them fully integrated to our team here and having our leaders help shape them into the Red Raider environment." Whitehead stated "Coach Breler has done a great job of immersing himself in the college recruiting scene and helping identify what student-athletes best fit our culture here at Texas Tech."
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