OXFORD, Miss. – The No. 10 nationally ranked Ole Miss men’s tennis team completed its roster for the 2010 season on Wednesday, with the addition of one of the top recruits from the United States, Harry Fowler, and two of the top players in Europe, Jonas Lütjen and Jaime Vazquez Catoira.
A native of Houston, Texas, Fowler attended the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he roomed with former Rebel and 2009 NCAA Champion Devin Britton. Ranked as high as No. 30 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World 18-under Rankings, Fowler won the championship in doubles at the Eddie Herr International. He has played in all four junior grand slam events and reached the round of 16 at Junior Wimbledon this past summer. Fowler has won several ITF events in singles and doubles.
“We’re really excited about Harry joining us,” said 2009 SEC Coach of the Year Billy Chadwick. “He graduated early, so he’s younger than most freshmen. Though only 18, he has a world of experience and has received excellent training and coaching at the IMG Bollettieri Academy. He’s a real tenacious player and an aggressive baseliner. He’s going to be a real good one for us.”
Lütjen, who hails from Schessel, Germany, reached a top ranking of No. 4 in Germany in 18s and No. 80 in the German men’s rankings. He won two ITF tournaments in doubles and one in singles. In junior competition, Lütjen captured the doubles title at the German Junior Championships and reached the finals in the singles championship.
“Jonas is one of the top junior players in Germany,” Chadwick said. “He is very talented. He trains at the same club as (Chris and Marcel Thiemann) the twins. We are excited to have him here, and he’s going to be a big part of our program.”
Vazquez Catoira comes from La Coruna, Spain. One of the top juniors in Spain, Vazquez Catoira won the doubles title at the Spanish Junior Championships in 2008 and has won several ITF Tournaments. His brother, Jorge, played at the University of Memphis last year.
“We were very fortunate that his (Jaime’s) brother actually competed against us here in Oxford. He had seen our facilities and played against our team members and was extremely impressed. He was at the forefront of helping Jaime on deciding which university to play for.”
These three along with freshman Adrian Forberg Skogeng (here in the fall), join returnees Kalle Norberg, Tucker Vorster, and the Thiemann’s to complete a Rebel team that captured the overall SEC Championship in 2009, the SEC Tournament title, advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight and earned a final national ranking of No. 4.
The Rebels begin the spring this weekend at the SEC Indoor Championships in Atlanta, Ga. The Racquet Club of the South will host the four-day event, which begins Friday and concludes Monday with the finals.