Salt Lake City, UT – The University of Utah men’s tennis team has announced that Russell
Benkaim of Bradenton, Florida has signed a National Letter of Intent. The 5-star recruit currently trains out of the IMG Tennis Academy in Florida and will join the Utes for the 2017/2018 school year.
“We are very excited to announce Russell’s commitment to our program, said head coach Roeland Brateanu. “Russell has a proven track record throughout his junior career and I expect him to make an immediate impact on both our singles and doubles line ups this season. On top of that, he has a great personality and will bring some flair to our seasoned team.”
Benkaim has ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation in the USTA National Rankings and has won 3 Florida State Doubles Championships, as well as 2 ITFs in doubles. He has furthermore qualified for three main draw Challenger events, most recently losing to Leonardo Meyer and Maximo Gonzalez, 7-5, 6-1 in the Sarasota Spring Challenger.
In singles play he finished a personal best 5th place at the USTA Winter Nationals in the boys 16s in 2016.
“I chose Utah because of the amazing tennis, coaches , and academics. The campus and facilities are amazing and the players on the team are awesome,” said an excited Benkaim. “It feels incredible to be a Ute and I can’t wait to be a part of such a great team!”
Benkaim is on track to graduate high school early, with a 3.9 GPA, to join in time for the 2017/2018 season.