Aug. 7, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men’s tennis team returns five student-athletes that won at least 10 dual singles matches last season and another that played in 10 matches during the spring. The addition of incoming freshman Ricardo Medinilla will make that lineup even more talented.
Medinilla, a native of Mexico City, has consistently been the top junior prospect in Mexico as he earned the No. 1 ranking for 12s, 14s, 16s, and most recently 18s. The new Boilermaker is a three-time gold medalist from the 2011 Mexican National Olympics as he won the singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles.
“I think Ricardo is a great fit for Purdue and our program,” head coach Pawel Gajdzik said. “He is a tough competitor and his leadership and maturity will be a great asset to our team this year. He is joining a very talented and seasoned group of Boilermakers that has its goals set very high this season.”
Medinilla has played at the highest junior level for most of his career. The 18-year-old competed in the junior Grand Slams at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open. He has five ITF titles and seven runner-up finishes. His play has earned him a spot inside the top 50 in the ITF junior rankings. His ITF ranking continues a pattern set by current Boilermakers of breaking the program record for the highest ranked recruit in history. Senior Szymon Tatarczyk first broke the record in 2010 before Diego Acosta passed him the following year.
“Ricky has been ranked No. 1 in Mexico in all age groups since he was 12 years old and has already made several appearances on the Davis Cup Team,” said Gajdzik. “He surpasses Szymon and Diego as the highest ITF signee in our program history.”
Not only has Medinilla been selected to the Davis Cup several times, he has also been picked for the Pan-American Games and Junior World Cup. He was the No. 2 player for his world cup team as a 14-year-old and then held the top spot when he was 16. Medinilla’s tournament experience around the world has helped him earn a career high ATP ranking of 1,560.
Medinilla will look to immediately help the Boilermakers improve on the 19 win season they had in 2013, a total that ranks fourth all-time in Purdue history.