April 17, 2009
NEW ORLEANS - Already at top 25 recruiting class, the first group of student-athletes in the rebirth of Tulane men's tennis just got stronger as head coach Mark Booras announced the signing of Joe Young out of Redlands, Calif.
"Joe is the highest junior tennis recruit we've landed so far," Booras said. "He was coveted by a lot of other top programs, but ultimately, he liked being able to pair the quality of academics which Tulane offers with a great athletic opportunity."
"He has a big serve and strong groundstrokes," Booras continued. "He has a the type of game that can dictate the pace of the match against any player. He is a player who has the ability to jump right into the top of our lineup which will give us more depth and allow us to be more competitive against the type of schedule we will face."
Young, a Gorman High School product, owns a 52-29 junior tennis record and is rated as the number 36 player in the country by TennisRecruiting.net.
The Tulane men's tennis team, which returns to action in the 2009-2010 academic year, announced four signees in February: Adam Bernstein, Coby Kramer-Golinkoff, Etham Frenkel and Trevor Getz. The quartet was rated as the number 22 class in the nation by The Tennis Recruiting Network.
The Tulane men's tennis program had its string of nine consecutive NCAA appearances disrupted by the programs suspension following Hurricane Katrina in the 2005-06 season. The Green Wave won the Conference USA championship five times in 10 seasons; in 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005; while finishing as the runner up in 2002 and 1999.
The 2005 Green Wave squad was ranked number 20 in the nation as Tulane finished ranked in the top 42 for six-straight seasons from 2000-05, peaking at number 14 in the final 2003 poll.
The Green Wave were a national powerhouse from 1930 to the mid-sixties. The Wave won the NCAA Team Championship in 1959 and had a pair of second-place finishes (1949 and 1957). Tulane also had eight singles champions and two doubles champions in that time. From 1939 to 1964, the Green Wave won 18 SEC Championships.