DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s two signees for the recruiting class of 2014 have been tabbed the No. 4 incoming group in the nation, according to rankings released by TennisRecruiting.net Monday, Jan. 27.
Nicolas Alvarez and Martin Redlicki comprise the No. 4 recruiting class on TennisRecruiting.net’s list of the top 25 incoming classes in the country, garnering a score of 477 points. Stanford grabbed the top spot with 560 points and 13 first-place votes and South Carolina was second with 536 points and seven first-place votes. Recruiting classes from Kentucky (3) and Alabama (5) round out the top five while Miami (6) joined Duke as the only other ACC school inside the top 10.
"I am happy to see that our recruiting class has been recognized as one of the very top in the nation,” said head coach Ramsey Smith. “It is certainly one of our program's premier recruiting classes in recent years. Martin and Nicolas have continued to work very hard since signing in November, and their recent results are extremely impressive and encouraging."
A native of Peru, Alvarez joins the Blue Devil program as the 30th-ranked junior in the world according to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings and owns Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings in singles and doubles. The right-hander has been highly successful on the junior circuit, winning both the Peru Junior Open and the Seventh Paraguay Junior Open while also reaching the finals of three other ITF circuit tournaments. In 2014 Alvarez has already moved up 70 spots in the rankings thanks to a singles championship at the Copa Gatorade in Caracas, Venezuela and a semifinal singles showing and a doubles championship at the Coffee Bowl in Costa Rica.
Martin Redlicki of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., has been ranked as high as second on TennisRecruiting.net this year for his age group and 41st in the ITF world juniors rankings. Martin is also ranked on the ATP tour, picking up his first point in November at the future tournament in Bradenton, Fla. In an impressive showing last summer at the Junior U.S. Open in New York, Redlicki paired with Kamil Majhrzak to capture the boys’ doubles championship, notching upsets of two seeded teams before downing Quentin Halys of France and Frederico Silva of Portugal 6-3, 6-4 in the title match. The 6-foot-5 lefty also reached the round of 16 in singles action at the tournament and has previously advanced to the round of 16 in doubles at the Wimbledon Juniors. A five-star blue chip recruit and the top prospect from the state of Illinois, Martin is the brother of current Duke sophomore Michael Redlicki.