Azat Hankuliyev Commits to the Utes

Azat Hankuliyev of Salt Lake City, UT, will join the Utes in the fall of 2015.

Azat Hankuliyev of Salt Lake City, UT, will join the Utes in the fall of 2015.

Salt Lake City, UT – Head men’s tennis coach Roeland Brateanu is proud to announce the commitment of Salt Lake City’s Azat Hankuliyev. Hankuliyev, a 3-star recruit, will join the Utes in the fall of 2015.

Azat is a standup young man, great student and is a very hard worker with a tremendous future ahead of him, “said Brateanu. “I’m very excited to welcome him to the Ute tennis family.”

Born and raised in Turkmenistan, Hankuliyev started playing tennis at age 7 and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah at age 9, where he trained at the Liberty Park Tennis Center mainly under tutelage of Debbie Robb. He has reached as high No. 130 in the nation and No. 2 in the state of Utah. In January 2014 Hankuliyev won the Intermountain Winter Masters in the 16 and under age division.

Hankuliyev in action at the USTA Zonals at the Salt Lake Swim & Tennis Club

Hankuliyev in action at the USTA Zonals at the Salt Lake Swim & Tennis Club

“I’m very happy being a Ute and to be a  part of a team that is improving a lot with great coaches and support staff,” said Hankuliyev. “I chose the University of Utah because I felt that this is the school that was going to help me both academically and tennis wise. It’s the perfect place for me and my family and I’d like to thank the Utes for giving me this opportunity in college tennis.”

Hankuliyev is currently attending American Preparatory Academy in West Valley, Utah. He enjoys playing basketball, bowling and hiking and wants to obtain a masters degree in business. His dad, Kakabay, and mom, Gozel, both earned their PhD’s in petroleum engineering. His sister, Anya, attended the University of Utah for 1 year and is currently a senior at Westminster College, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Hankuliyev joins a great recruiting class for the Utes and becomes the 5th player this year to commit to the program, joining Freddie McGeehan, David MicevskiDan Little and Joe Woolley.

“This is a great recruiting class, probably the best we’ve had in a very long time,” said Brateanu. “We have assembled a very good, young and talented team, but talent alone won’t get us to the promised land. We’ll have to put in a lot of hard work and help these young men become the best tennis players they can be. I’m looking forward to the challenges, but the future sure looks bright.”

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