Antons, Gonzalez Join IU Men's Tennis
Sept. 13, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team welcomes a pair of freshmen to the fold for the 2005-06 season. Peter Antons (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and Mario Gonzalez (Madrid, Spain/International College of Spain) join seven Hoosier returners for the upcoming season.
Antons was ranked eighth in the New England region and as high as 185th in the country by the USTA in the 18-and-under division. At the USTA New England Junior Sectional Championships, he teamed with Luke Rassow-Kantor of Westport, Conn., to claim the doubles championship. Antons also won the consolation singles title at the event.
"Peter is a nice guy with nice fundamentals," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "He needs to get stronger and add a little more pop in his game off the ground. He has good, clean motions and hits cleanly. I think he has a good chance of coming in and contributing in doubles right away because his game is good for doubles."
Antons helped Duxbury to a runner-up finish at the 2005 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Tennis South Section Division 2. Duxbury finished the season with an impressive 20-1 record. The team finished runner-up in its section in 2004 as well while compiling a record of 21-1. Antons excelled in the classroom as well as on the court in high school. He was named All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe, Duxbury Clipper and Patriot Ledger.
Gonzalez comes to Indiana with a lot of clay court experience in Spain. The 6-4, 174-pound player was a semifinalist in the 2005 Los Rozas el Abojon Tournament (Madrid, Spain) and a quarterfinalist in the Villanueve de la Canada (Madrid, Spain). He is an athlete who played both tennis and soccer at the International College of Spain.
"Mario has good fundamentals and appears to be a good athlete," Hydinger said. "He is a little underexposed, meaning that he hasn't played some of the international competitions. Mario has spent a lot of time on clay, playing in Spain. He is a big man that likes to ground stroke. I think he will develop into more of an attacking player."
The Hoosiers open the fall season at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational. The event will be played at the ATP Tennis Center, Sept. 23-25, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Check back soon