Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah Men’s Tennis Team today announced the stellar signing of Geronimo Espin Busleiman to a National Letter of Intent (NLI). Busleiman, ranked as high as 704 in singles and 721 in doubles on the ATP World Tour, becomes Utah’s highest ATP ranked signee at the time of his commitment in program history.
“We are very excited and honored to add Gero to our team for next year,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “This guy is the real deal and will help us compete in the Pac-12 and on the national stage.”
Born and raised in La Rioja, Argentina, Busleiman joins fellow countryman and former doubles partner Franco Capalbo at the University of Utah. Together they reached the semifinals of the Jr. French Open in doubles and won the Grade 1 ITF in Canada leading up to the US Open. He reached as high as No. 40 on the ITF Junior World Rankings, recording wins over 2019 ITA No. 1 Nuno Borges (Mississippi State) and 2018 No. 7 Patrick Kypson (Texas A&M).
Busleiman competed in his first Futures event in 2012 and since then has been in 4 Futures doubles finals and 1 Futures singles finals. In Argentina he ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation in juniors.
“I can’t wait to come to Utah and compete in the Pac-12 Conference,“ said Busleiman. “Sten (van Beurden) and Roeland (Brateanu) have proven to be great coaches that have developed players and have built a great program. I look forward to being a Ute!”
The Utes, in desperate need to repace their top graduating stars Dan Little and David Micevski, from last season, have one of the best recruiting classes in the country starring Geronimo Espin Busleiman, Franco Capalbo (821 ATP Singles, 529 ATP Doubles and 15 ITF), Puerto Rican Davis Cup player Rafael Grovas and 4-star Rian Ta.
“The program is moving in the right direction,” said Brateanu. “In order for us to compete at a higher national level and in the Pac-12 we have oriented ourselves more towards the higher ranked international players with pro level experience. It all started with hiring (Associate Head Coach) Sten van Beurden and together with (Volunteer Assistant) Graeme Cox we will continue to rebuild this program so that we can reach even higher levels over the next few years. It’s an exciting process and the future looks bright!”
Welcome to the U, Gero!!