“We are very happy with Mehdi’s commitment to our program,” said coach Brateanu. “He’s is a difference maker in both singles and doubles and we expect him to make a big and immediate impact on our starting line up.”
Abid, born and raised in Tunis, Tunisia, has been ranked as high as No. 82 in the ITF Junior World Rankings carrying two singles titles and an impressive six doubles championships. In January 2013 he achieved his best results, winning the grade 2 ITF event in India in singles, followed by a doubles crown in the grade 3 event the week after. Abid earned his best win of his career of Thomas Miedler (Austria), who has ranked as high as No. 14 in the world.
Abid has also had success on the ATP Futures circuit earning his first ATP points in Egypt in September of 2013. He has a career high ranking of 1668 and is a member of Tunisian Davis Cup team.
“I’m very happy and excited to be a Ute and represent the University of Utah, “said Abid.
Abid becomes the 5th newcomer for first year head coach Roeland Brateanu, joining Johan Jonhagen (Sweden), Santiago Sierra (Mexico), Jamey Swiggart (Colorado – transfer from Idaho State) and Parker McGuiness (Texas – transfer from North Carolina State).
“We have worked very hard over the summer to put a team together and things are definitely looking great,” continued Brateanu. “It’s been a great week adding McGuiness and Abid, but the best thing is that we are not done shopping yet. We will continue to work hard and try to add one or two more players to our roster for the spring semester. It’s an exciting time to be a Ute and I can’t wait to get started with this team.”