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 Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Andrew Zhang will arrive on campus next year to join the Blue Devil roster for the 2019-20 campaign.
"Andrew is a smooth lefty and extremely clean ball striker," Smith said. "He is not the most overpowering player, but he absorbs pace and redirects extremely well. I love the contrast of his fun and easy-going personality off court with his determination, competitiveness and toughness once he steps between the lines. He has also had the benefit of being developed and guided by his long time coaches, Paco Trinidad and Armand Molino. "
Zhang checks in at No. 13 nationally in the TennisRecruiting.net rankings and stands at No. 6 on the Dunlop RPI slate.
"The biggest factor when I was considering where to call home for the next four years was to find a balance between academics and athletics," Zhang said. "I’m so happy I found that at Duke. With one visit to campus, I knew this was a place I could grow as both a student and athlete. I saw myself reaching my fullest potential as an athlete with the state-of-the-art facilities and excellent coaching staff, while getting a world-class education and participating in campus traditions. Despite it being many months until move-in day, I am already so proud to be a Blue Devil. I cannot wait to represent the school across the country."
Most recently, Zhang took part in the USTA National Indoor Championships, winning five matches at the event. He posted an impressive 22-2 record in junior events this past summer, highlighted by a quarterfinal run at the USTA 18s Boys National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
"Andrew had a breakthrough event this past summer in Kalamazoo, where he beat some top players to advance to the quarterfinals of the biggest stage of American junior tennis," Smith added. "Andrew has also thrived in team situations throughout his junior career and seems to raise his level and play his best in the biggest moments for the team. This bodes well for college tennis and his Duke career."
Zhang is part of Duke’s five-member 2019 recruiting class along with Michael Heller, Garrett Johns, Omni Kumar and Samuel Rubell.