WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Veteran UNCW men’s tennis head coach Mait DuBois has announced the addition of three newcomers for the upcoming 2020-21 spring season.
The Seahawks, who begin the campaign on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, with a 2 p.m. match at Duke, welcome players from Florida, Colombia and Uzbekistan at the end of the month.
“We’re extremely excited about these three individuals and believe they will be valuable additions to our program,” said DuBois. “They have all been heavily recruited prospects who chose UNCW because they share our excitement to build something very special here.
“I was especially impressed with their exceptional work ethic and commitment to excellence through the challenges of the last year. I am excited to see how far their potential will take them after joining our talented and intense training environment. They are all excellent students in the classroom, with two of them transferring in as honor students with college credits.”
Spring, 2021, Newcomers
Harrison Gold | 6-4, 195, Fr. | Aventura, Fla.
Five-star recruit…Ranked as high as No. 30 by TennisRecruiting.net…Owns current UTR of 12.48…Achieved ITF World Junior Ranking of No. 473 after winning 4 ITF event in Bahamas…Finished third and won the bronze ball at USTA Super-National Clay Courts in 2017. Coach DuBois on Gold: “Harrison is a big-serving lefty who has been ranked among the best junior players in the country throughout his career. I’m impressed by his commitment to tennis and the work he’s put in over the last year. Harrison recently played a very heavy tournament schedule to prepare himself for college tennis and has held his own against some exceptional professional players. He joins us with a large number of college credits and has been an honor student every semester.”
Gabriel Hurtado | 6-0, 180, Fr. | Bogota, Colombia
Joins Seahawks after transferring from George Washington…Reached ITF World Junior Ranking of No. 185…Owns current UTR of 12.39…Played in prestigious Banana Bowl and Orange Bowl…Played on the U-16 Junior Davis Cup team for Colombia…Recorded wins over players from Duke and Florida State in the fall. Coach DuBois on Hurtado: “Gabriel was recommended by one of my former players. We really love his passion for competing and his commitment to tennis. He won the ‘Hardest Worker Award’ at Club Med Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for four straight years. He has played several Grade A and Grade I international events and has gone up against some of the best juniors in the world. His hard work has paid off with some very impressive wins in the last few months over excellent college players. I think Gabriel will enjoy playing in a team environment and it will bring out his best tennis.”
Bekhzod Rasamatov | 6-0, 175, Fr. | Tushkent, Uzbekistan
Has reached ITF World Junior Ranking of No. 145…Top-ranked junior player in Uzbekistan…Has won four ITF singles titles and three ITF doubles finals…No. 1 ranked player in U-14 Asia. Coach DuBois on Rasamatov: “We’re very excited about Bekhzod joining our program. He was on track to be ranked in the top-100 in the world juniors before the coronavirus stopped tournament play. He has an outstanding record in both singles and doubles in his ITF events. Bekhzod’s game is very solid with a very mature style. I think he will really thrive in our training environment and be an exceptional college player.”
UNCW has won four of the last seven Colonial Athletic Association men’s tennis championships and competed in the NCAA Regionals seven times.
UNCW CAA Men’s Tennis Championships
2009 | 2011 | 2013 | 2014 | 2017 | 2018
UNCW NCAA Tennis Regional Appearances
2009 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2017 | 2018