PASADENA (Aug. 9, 2019) – The Caltech men's tennis team is set to welcome three new players into the program as they look to make more history in 2020.
Head Coach Jason Cohen and the Beavers are coming off a season that featured individual success for the likes of juniors-to-be Varun Shanker (Midland, Mich. / Midland Dow) and James Wei (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) in addition to a year-end-ranking of 24th, the strongest ranking in the history of the program. The following three players will round out a 2020 squad with an eye on improved doubles play as they look to build upon last year's historic finish.
|Rishi Gundakaram||John Kim||Nathan Zou|
|Wyoming, Del.||Cupertino, Calif.||Murfreesboro, Tenn.|
|Caesar Rodney||Menlo School||Central Magnet School|
Wyoming, Del./Caesar Rodney
TR.Net Class Ranking: 208
Gundakaram is a talented player who will have the opportunity to develop quickly alongside his new teammates. The Delaware native excels in competitive settings and reached the high school state singles finals as a senior. Gundakaram won the state title as a junior, however, and was shortly after named Delaware Online's Boys' Tennis Player of the Year.
"Rishi brings a lot of positive energy to campus this fall and we are excited to see how his game improves once here with the team," Cohen said.
Cupertino, Calif./Menlo School
TR.Net Class Ranking: 157
Kim is an experienced junior player who will bring a winning high school pedigree with him to campus. At Menlo School, Kim helped his team to the 2018 Scudder Cup, awarded to the champion of the National High School All-American Invitational. It is arguably to most prestigious team honor in high school boys' tennis. The only Californian in this year's class will now turn his attention to helping his new team reach the upper echelon of Division III tennis programs. His experience on the court alongside championship-level players will be an asset to the Beavers this spring.
"John brings a wealth of experience in junior tennis to our team and we are looking forward to bringing his energy into our team," Cohen said."
Murfreesboro, Tenn./Central Magnet School
TR.Net Class Ranking: 282
Zou shares a commonality of success with his incoming classmates. As a senior, Zou helped Central Magnet School to the Tennessee state championship game and also made the state singles finals as an individual. Although he came up short in the endeavor, Zou did win the state singles championship as a freshman, becoming the first player in the history of his high school to do so. As a player who has overcome adversity in his young career, Zou comes to Caltech with something to prove and his love of the game could inspire the rest of his new teammates.
"Nathan has persevered through a back injury early in high school to lead his team to a very high level this year," Cohen said. "We are excited for Nathan to bring his passion and excitement for tennis to our team and his best tennis is in front of him."