SALT LAKE CITY – F.D. Robbins, the head coach of the University of Utah men’s tennis team, has announced that two players have signed a National Letter of Intent. Jean-Marc Arends and Benito J. Suriano will join the Utes during the 2008-09 season.
“We are very pleased to announce the signing of Jean-Marc Arends. He is a wonderful young man and a very good tennis player,” said Robbins. “He will represent Aruba this year in the Davis Cup and he has been a strong force in Central American junior tennis. He is a consistent player who will add stability and balance to our line up.”
Arends is a native to Santa Cruz, Aruba where he currently attends Colegio Arubano as a senior. He has been the No. 1 player in Aruba since 1999 and garnered the Best Athlete of the Year award in 2004. Since starting tennis when he was 8-years old, Arends has accumulated several honors including representing Aruba in the Junior Davis Cup, Kingdom Games, and International Childrens Games in Cleveland, Ohio.
“It’s an honor for me to have been chosen to be a part of the Utes,” said Arends. “I’m very happy and excited to be able to compete my hardest in the upcoming year.”
Suriano is currently a student at Academia Britanica Cuscatleca in El Salvador. He has been a member of the El Salvadorian national tennis team since 2000 and has been a member of the Davis Cup Team since 2007. Suriano is currently ranked No. 2 in El Salvador. He will be pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering while attending the University of Utah.
“We are extremely happy to announce that Benito has committed to play for us. He is a tremendously gifted athlete and a very good student,” said Robbins. “He has already represented his country in the Davis Cup and we are looking forward to having him share his experiences with the team. Benito has a great upside to him and we are excited continue to build on his success.”