DURHAM, N.C. - Head Coach Ramsey Smith announced the three individuals who have signed national letter of intents to play tennis at Duke University with two players ranked in the top 10 nationally and all three among the top 40 players overall.
"Josh (Goffi) and I are thrilled to have Fred (Saba), Chris (Mengel), and Cale (Hammond) joining our program in August," said Smith. "These three players are studs - strong students, great athletes, and tough competitors. This class has a huge upside, and we are extremely excited for the opportunity to develop them on and off the court. I see all of them having an immediate impact on our program and can't wait to get them on campus."
Duke joins UCLA as one of only two schools with two top 10 commitments. Virginia and Wake Forest are the only other ACC schools to land a top 10 player this year.
Heading the Blue Devils' class is Frederick Saba from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Saba is currently ranked No. 1 overall in the Tennis RPI rankings and is rated No. 2 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net. Saba won national championships at the USTA National Opens in Tampa, Fla. in February as well as the USTA Spring BG18 National Championships in Mobile, Ala. in March. He also made the finals of the Dave Barkesdale Dixie B18 Winter Section in Tampa in January.
Duke received a commitment from Christopher Mengel out of Pittsburgh, Penn. Mengel attends Shady Side Academy and is currently ranked No. 8 by TennisRecruiting.net and No. 10 in the Tennis RPI rankings. He is the top-ranked player in the Middle Atlantic Region and Pennsylvania. Mengel won the title at the USTA National Opens in Norcross, Ga. in May. He also won the consolation finals of the USTA Spring B18 National Championships in Mobile, Ala. in March.
Cale Hammond, a native of Tulsa, Okla., rounds out the class for the Blue Devils. He is currently ranked No. 40 overall by Tennis Recruiting.net but has been ranked as high as No. 28 in October. He is the top player from Oklahoma and is ranked No. 7 in the Gulf States Region. He currently attends the Junior Tennis Champion Center in College Park, Md. In his high school career, he won back-to-back BKHS State Championships in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, he went undefeated with a 21-0 record. He was also the State Runner Up in 2007. In October, Hammond defeated the No. 4 player in the world for juniors, Julen Uriguen, at the Pan American Closed ITF in Tulsa.