STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Mississippi State men’s tennis team has signed two new athletes for next year’s squad. Zach White and Malte Stropp will join head coach Per Nilsson’s Bulldogs next season, as the Bulldogs have eight returners for the 2010-11 season.
“We feel like Zach (White) and Malte (Stropp) are two great additions to our team,” said Nilsson. “(Assistant Coach) Matt (Hill) and I are very excited to start working with them this fall.”
White hails from Niagara Fall, Ontario, Canada, and is a two-time winner of the under-18 Canadian Nationals in 2009. White also won the Ontario Provincial under-12, 14, 16 and 18 division and was the singles champion in the 2009 Canada Junior Games. White, who was born on Feb. 26, 1991, has been ranked as high as 70th in the world junior rankings. White comes to MSU by way of the Independent Learning School in Ontario and is the son of Gill and Laurie White.
Stropp hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, where he attended the Albert Einstein Gymansium. Stropp won the 2009 NRW Junior Open in Germany and won his first ATP point in doubles this year at a futures tournament in Germany. Stropp was born on Jan. 29, 1991, and is the son of Haiko and Ulrike Stropp.
The signing of White and Stropp brings the tennis Bulldogs newcomers to four, joining in-state standout Trey Seymour, who signed with MSU this past fall and James Chaudry, the former No. 1 junior tennis player from England who joined MSU this spring but sat out due to ineligibility. State returns eight from this season’s team for next season.