Utes Ink Russian Champion

Moscow native Slava Shainyan becomes a Ute

Moscow native Slava Shainyan becomes a Ute

Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team continues to add players to an already star studded team, today announcing the signing of Russian standout Svyatoslav Shainyan. Born and raised in Moscow, ‘Slava’ was a runner up in the Russian National Junior Championships in singles and the national champion in doubles.

“I feel proud to be a Ute,” said Shainyan. “I’m excited to join other athletes and defend the great name of the University of Utah.

Shainyan, who goes by ‘Slava,’ has been in the top 4 in the junior national rankings and ranked as high as No. 482 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. In 2015 he was a member of Team Moscow that won the Sports Festival in which he earned the championship clinching point.

“We are very excited about Slava’s commitment,” said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Slava is a very athletic player and a very hard worker who is going to make a great impact on our line up.”

Svyatoslav "Slava" Shainyan

Svyatoslav “Slava” Shainyan

After his success in Russia, Shainyan trained and played in the United States at the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, California. During his time in the US, he ranked as high as No. 48 in the nation and defeated former Ute and UNLV’s #1 singles player Ace Matias.

“When training in SoCal, I’ve always wanted to be part of the Pac-12 Conference. After visiting the University of Utah and meeting the coaches, I had no doubt to where I wanted to go,” concluded Shainyan.

Welcome to the Ute family Slava!

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