Jan. 17, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana men's tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal has signed a pair of players for the 2013-14 school year. Edward Nguyen from Montreal, Quebec and Blake Anthony from Los Angeles will join the Hoosiers in the fall. Both players have extensive experience playing high-level tennis at the junior level.
"I am very excited about our new additions to our tennis program," said Bloemendaal. "As we move forward as a program both players bring in the attributes required accomplish our future goals."
Nguyen has played a substantial amount of international tennis on the junior circuit. At one time he held a No. 1 world ranking in the U14's. The Canadian player was the U16 national singles champion and last year won U18 national doubles titles indoor and outdoor, playing with current Hoosiers Sam Monette and Daniel Bednarczyk. He is ranked 99th by the International Tennis Federation and is among the top three in Canada. He was a Junior David Cup finalist, playing at number two singles and was the ITF G1 Doubles Champion in Costa Rica.
Bloemendaal on Nguyen: "Eddie has had an outstanding junior career. He should come in to the program and make an immediate impact."
Born and raised in Malibu, Calif., Anthony played number one varsity singles as a freshman for Loyola High School in LA and was voted the most outstanding singles player. He has been a top-25 player in Southern California and was ranked in the top 115 in the USTA in the 12, 14 and 16 age divisions. In the 14 doubles division, he was ranked in the top 25 and made it to the USTA National Open doubles finals. Played in the USTA clay court and hard court national championships in the 16 age division. Trained with US Olympic and David Cup coach Dean Goldfine in Florida at the Goldfine Smatt Tennis Academy. Won the Georgia Regional 18's as a 16-year old.
Bloemendaal on Anthony: "Blake is a late bloomer with a lot of upside. He loves the game and has been making steady progress over the last few months."
Indiana men's tennis opens the 2013 dual meet slate with a Jan. 21 match at NC State. For complete coverage of all things IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.