DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s tennis head coach Ramsey Smith and the Blue Devil program are pleased to provide an in-depth introduction to the squad’s 2019 recruiting class. A product of Irvine, Calif., Omni Kumar will arrive on campus next year to join the Blue Devil roster for the 2019-20 campaign.
“Omni is a lefty with a live arm and big forehand,” Smith said. “The ball really jumps of his racket. His game is a bit unorthodox, especially on his backhand side, but it is effective. Omni’s game is a nice blend of firepower and creativity."
Kumar reached a high of No. 17 in the TennisRecruiting.net national rankings. The Pacific Academy product stood at No. 24 in the country in the HEAD rankings at the time of his signing.
"I felt that Duke is the best possible combination of athletics and academics for me," Kumar said. "I met a lot of coaches during the recruiting process, but Coach Smith and Coach Stokke were beyond comparison. Their work ethic and motivation to improve everybody’s game really impressed me. Also Duke being in the ACC, one of the most competitive conferences in Division I tennis, is another reason to love the school. From an academic standpoint, Duke was the best choice due its distinguished professors and mentors, a strong alumni network and wide range of resources and classes for its students. I can’t imagine going anywhere else."
Most recently, Kumar has taken part in a number of Futures events, including three events in the Dominican Republic during the last month. Kumar earned a pair of singles main draw wins at the F2 event, advancing to the quarterfinals. He again went undefeated in the qualifying draw and advanced to the singles main draw at the F3 event.
"In the past four months, Omni has shown a strong commitment towards his goal of professional tennis by competing in 11 Futures events around the world and picking up 25 wins at the professional level," Smith added. "This dedication to his game gets me excited as a coach. The future is bright for Omni at Duke."
Kumar also advanced to the quarterfinals at the Egypt F25 Futures event in October with a trio of qualifying draw wins and two victories in the main draw. He stands at No. 1,223 in the ATP rankings with his three points earned during the Egypt F24 and F25 Futures events and two more from the F2 Futures tournament in the Dominican Republic.
In junior tennis, Kumar won the Boys' 18s USTA National L3 tournament in Lakewood, Calif., in April of 2018. Two months later, he took second at the 116th SoCal Junior Sectional Championship. In 2017, he captured the title at the Boys' 16s Zimmerman/Johnson USTA National Tournament at Stanford University by defeating top-seed Alexander Kiefer 6-3, 6-3 in the championship match.
Kumar is part of Duke’s five-member 2019 recruiting class along with Michael Heller, Garrett Johns, Samuel Rubell and Andrew Zhang. GoDuke.com is set to release details on all five of the newest Blue Devils in the coming weeks.