Aug. 3, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The men's tennis team signed its highest ranked player in program history head coach Pawel Gajdzik announced this week after Diego Acosta of Ecuador signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Purdue University in the fall.
"Diego is a hard working and a very talented player," Gajdzik said. "He comes from a family that places a high value on education and that's the type of the background we are looking for in each of our players here at Purdue. He is also very passionate about tennis and will be an excellent addition to our program."
Acosta has a combined ranking of 58th-overall. Rising sophomore Szymon Tatarczyk holds the previous high ranking for a Boilermaker at No. 63, according to itftennis.com rankings. Acosta has played tennis since he was seven years old and is trained by Enrique Perez.
Acosta has a career singles record of 70-42 and is 77-35 in doubles action. The right-hander has won numerous tournaments and picked up several accolades throughout his junior career. In 2009, Acosta advanced to the semifinals in singles tournaments four times including two runner-ups and a championship victory at Copa. In 2009 doubles play, the incoming freshman advanced to six semifinals including three second-place finishes and a first place finish at the Nicolas Machavello Copa Graiman Championships.
In 2010, Acosta continued to impress with his game. In singles play, the Boiler-to-be advanced to the quarterfinals at the USTA Claremont USA Championships. He also made the semifinals in the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Acosta's high finish came at the Nicolas Machiavello Copa Graiman where he placed second.
Acosta excelled in 2010 doubles competition. The incoming freshman advanced to the round of 16 eight times. He also finished second at the International Casablanca Junior Cup in Quiroz, Ecuador. Acosta won two doubles championships, one at the Gatorade Cup in Quiroz and another at the Nicolas Macavello Copa Graiman.
"I am very excited about our incoming class," Gajdzik said. "We welcome them with open arms to our Purdue family. I believe the sky is the limit and that we can accomplish many great things with this group."