Nov. 25, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue men's tennis team has locked up the two highest-ranked signees in program history, head coach Pawel Gajdzik announced Wednesday.
"It's good to add these two guys after such a short time at Purdue," Gajdzik said. "They both will be able to contribute right away to our lineup. They are both great athletes and great students, and that's the combination we are striving to get here at Purdue. Their international experience will definitely be a valuable contribution to this program."
Szymon Tatarczyk is currently ranked 54th by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The Gorzyczki, Poland, native has been ranked as one of the top two players in Poland throughout his junior career. He has won tournaments in Austria, Latvia and Sweden in addition to his homeland, which he represented in the European Championships. Tatarczyk, who has participated in the U.S. Open, Australian Open and Orange Bowl tournaments, also is ranked 63rd in doubles.
Mark Kovacs holds an ITF ranking of 98th. The Budapest, Hungary, native represented his country in the European Championships. He has won ITF tournaments in Romania, Slovenia and Venezuela on his way to compiling 38 wins against just 26 losses in international play.
Current Purdue senior Branko Kuzmanovic was previously the highest-ranked player to enter the Boilermaker tennis program. He came to West Lafayette with an ITF ranking of 124 and was followed closely by classmate Slavko Bijelica's 126th ranking.
Gajdzik and assistant coach Brandon Lenfert expect to finalize their 2010 class during the spring signing period.