July 14, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Mark Booras, head coach of the Tulane men's tennis program, announced the additions of Holger Norregaard and Takuma Ohashi to the team, starting in the freshmen in the fall.
Norregaard comes to Tulane from Vedbaek, Demark, where he currently ranks third in under 18 rankings and 45th in the Danish senior ranking list and has been named to the Danish Junior national team three times.
Norregaard earned the silver medal as the runner-up in the 2010 Danish Junior championships boys under 18 after defeating two higher ranked opponents to reach the finals.
"Holger is a real strong kid and a great athlete with great academics as well," Booras said. "He is going to bring in a high level of experience to our team and is really excited about the opportunity to come here and be part of the rebuilding process. That was one of the things that helped make his final decision."
Ohashi comes to Tulane from Auckland, New Zealand, where he has been ranked as high as 300 in the world in the International Tennis Federation (ITF). He was a New Zealand team member for the Oceania Junior Championships and has reached the ITF Junior singles quarterfinals four times.
"Takuma is another guy with international experience and been ranked as high as 300 in the world in junior tennis," Booras said. "Takuma is a guy that hits the ball hard and flat and has some offense to his game which will be nice added with the transition type of game."
"Getting two guys like this in our second year back really says a lot about Tulane and our program," Booras added. "These guys think that Tulane is going to be a top program once again. These are guys that are both going to be in the lineup their first year. Holger has the ability to play in the top three and Takuma somewhere in the top six. This gives us a lot more depth and last year we were a point or two short in each match and this is the kind of thing we need to turn it around."
Tulane also gains the services of Idan Mark for the 2010-11 season. Mark had to sit out last season due to NCAA rules, will compete as a sophomore in the fall.
"Idan is going to come in with a wealth of international experience and play in the top of our lineup and is a guy that can be a program changer for us," Booras said. "He can get the wins at the top of the lineup and ease the pressure on some of the other guys. He's a gamer and loves to compete and been sitting here for a year waiting to get in the game and now he is eager and excited about the opportunity to play."
Mark, a native of Hod Hasharon, Israel, served a mandatory three-year commitment with the Israeli Army prior to enrolling at Tulane.