DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s tennis head coach Ramsey Smith announced Wednesday, Nov. 20 the signing of two top-level recruits to the class of 2018. Nicolas Alvarez and Martin Redlicki have signed national letters of intent and will begin competing for Duke during the 2014-15 season.
“I am really excited to welcome two players, Martin and Nicolas, into the program next year,” Smith said. “They will make an immediate impact on our program as both guys love to work hard, and they have proven themselves on the court and in the classroom. Martin and Nicolas both have aspirations to play professional tennis after getting their degree, and I am proud they have chosen Duke to develop for the next level.”
A native of Peru, Alvarez owns Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings in singles and doubles and has a career high ranking of No. 111 by the Juniors International Tennis Federation (ITF). 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. Alvarez also turned in a strong performance on clay at the Grade A 30th Copa Gerdau in Porto Alegre, Brazil in March, dispatching UCLA rookie Mackenzie McDonald – the top newcomer in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s 2013 preseason poll – by scores of 6-1, 6-0 en route to a quarterfinals appearance.
“Nicolas is an aggressive baseliner who is extremely solid in all areas,” Smith said. “He is a ruthless competitor who is willing to grind and fight his way through tough matches. In a short amount of time Nicolas has proven himself on the ITF junior tour, and has already experienced some success at the Futures level. The ceiling is very high for Nicolas, and [assistant coach] Jonathan [Stokke] and I can’t wait to start working with him.”
Martin Redlicki of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., joins the Blue Devil program as the 45th-ranked junior in the world according to ITF Rankings, and has been ranked as high as second on tennisrecruiting.net this year for his age group. Martin is also ranked on the ATP tour, picking up his first point last week at the future tournament in Bradenton, Fla. In an impressive showing this 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 blue chip recruit and the top prospect from the state of Illinois, Martin is the brother of current Duke sophomore Michael Redlicki.
“Martin has a big-time game with a huge upside,” Smith said. “As a 6-foot-5 lefty he has a heavy serve and one of the best forehands in junior tennis. Martin’s all-court game style has been a big reason for his doubles success, including winning the Junior U.S. Open this year. With the right plan and hard work, Martin will have the opportunity to play at the highest level of the college game.”