Three prep standouts to join Texas men’s tennis program
Lloyd Glasspool will enroll at UT and begin collegiate competition in January, while Andrew Korinek and Nick Naumann will join the Longhorns next fall.
AUSTIN, Texas – University of Texas head men’s tennis coach Michael Center announced Friday the signings of Lloyd Glasspool (England), Andrew Korinek (Mansfield, Texas) and Nick Naumann (The Woodlands, Texas) with the Texas Men’s Tennis program. Glasspool has signed an athletic scholarship agreement (ASA), will join the Longhorns in January and will be eligible to compete next semester. Korinek and Naumann have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) and will enroll at Texas in August of 2012.
Glasspool has ranked as high No. 1,443 in the ATP world singles rankings. Glasspool reached the singles semifinals and the doubles finals at the 2010 AEGON Nottingham Junior ITF event and recently defeated the singles runner-up at the 2011 Junior Championships, Wimbledon. Last week, Glasspool posted a singles win over Frank Moser, who has ranked as high as No. 288 in the world in singles and currently ranks 71st in the world in doubles.
Glasspool also claimed a victory last spring over Josh Goodall, who was ranked as high as No. 184 in the world two years ago and currently ranks 293rd in the world. Glasspool will join Australian Joey Swaysland, who signed an athletic scholarship agreement last summer, as Longhorns newcomers in January.
“Lloyd is a very explosive athlete,” Center said. “He has a big serve and a big game, and like many of the players we target, he is a really good athlete. Lloyd is capable of putting up great results. He had an injury that set him back, but he is playing a lot of matches now. Lloyd will be an outstanding player for us.”
Korinek has been ranked as high as No. 7 nationally among high school seniors by TennisRecruiting.net. Korinek was the champion of the boys’ 16 doubles draw at the 2010 USTA Boys’ National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. He reached the singles semifinals at the 2010 USTA Winter National Championships and won the boys’ 18 division singles title at the age of 16 at the Texas Sectional Championships. Korinek also was victorious at the 2011 USTA Texas Sectional event in Waco and was the 2011 Texas UIL 5A state singles champion as a junior at Mansfield High School.
“Andrew is a very good tennis player,” Center said. “He’s got all of the shots, and he is very comfortable around the net. Andrew has tremendous upside. He is a terrific athlete who has a very bright future at Texas.”
Naumann ranks No. 13 nationally among high school seniors by Tennis Recruiting.net. Naumann, who has ranked as high as No. 200 in the ITF world junior rankings, placed third in the doubles draw at the 2011 USTA National Clay Court Championships and took fourth place in the singles and doubles draws at the 2011 USTA Spring Nationals in Mobile, Ala. He also boasts four ITF junior doubles titles and was a runner-up in an ITF Grade I doubles event in Venezuela.
“I watched Nick play a lot this summer, and I saw him get to balls that a lot of guys have trouble getting to,” Center said. “I really like the fact that while under pressure, when the points were big, he was constantly trying to come forward to the net. Nick is an outstanding doubles player. When you get athletes like Nick, they tend to take off once they get to college, and that’s what I expect out of him. With Nick and Andrew (Korinek), we picked up two very good singles players for next season who can also help us in doubles.”