Recruiting Class Ranks #24 in the Country

SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah men’s tennis team’s 2011 signing class has been ranked No. 24 by It is Utah’s highest-ever recruiting class ranking.

The Utes’ signing class includes Slim Hamza, a Tunisian native ranked among the Top 100 junior players in the world, and 5-star recruit Geoffrey “Ace” Matias of Torrance, Calif.

“We are very proud to be ranked in the top 25 in the nation for next season’s incoming class,” said head coach F.D. Robbins. “We have worked very hard to build a team that can compete in the Pac-12 next year. We are convinced that with our incoming recruiting class, in addition to our current roster, that we are moving in the right direction. Slim Hamza and Ace Matias are probably two of the best players we have signed in a long time and (Asst. coach) Roeland (Brateanu) and I are proud to add them to our roster.”

Hamza reached the second round of the 2010 Junior Australian Open and is the reigning Tunisian Adult National Singles Champion. He is ranked No. 1 in Tunisian juniors and seniors divisions and has been ranked as high as No. 69 in the ITF Junior World Rankings. Hamza is also a member of the Tunisian Davis Cup team.

Recently winning the Southern California National Open, Matias was also a finalist of the 2009 USTA Winter National Championships. He has earned a national ranking as high as No. 26 and been consistently ranked in the top-10 in the boys U18 division is Southern California, reaching as high as third.

With the No. 24 rankings, Utah has the fifth best recruiting class among 2011 Pac-12 teams. Utah also places itself on an elite list that includes 48 of the last 50 NCAA Championship-winning teams.

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