Jan. 13, 2011
"We are really excited about our freshman class," Berkowitz said. "These guys are all tremendous players and they are going to help us both in singles and in doubles. Giacomo Miccini, Andre Vidaller, Sam Barr, Kieren Thompson, and Mario Urquidi, they are all going to be coming in and making an immediate impact as freshmen."
Urquidi, who will begin the second half of his freshman year, competed in three fall tournaments and finished with an overall 5-6 singles record. The native of
Prior to his arrival in
"Mario has all the tools to be a great collegiate player," Berkowitz said. "He has the ability to adapt his game when going up against different opponents. I would have no problem putting him in the lineup in a big match situation."
Along with Urquidi, the Wildcat's four newest members arrived to
"That's been a big reason for our success, not only the ability to bring in some of the good American players from around the country, but also if you want to be able to compete in the Pac-10 conference and be able to accomplish our goals, it's important for us to bring in some good in international talent as well," Berkowitz said.
Miccini, attended IMG Academies in
"Giacomo Miccini is one of the top players in the world and he's probably one of the best recruits we have ever had here at
Vidaller, a 5-foot-9 native of
"Andre has a true passion for the game of tennis," Berkowitz said. "He has a tremendous work ethic which translates to his success on the tennis court. He is a complete player and will use his groundstrokes to both set up and finish off the point."
Thompson, a 5-foot-11 freshman hails from
"Kieren is a feisty competitor who definitely wears his heart on his sleeve," Berkowitz said. "He will do whatever it takes to win a tennis match. He has a huge serve and aggressive left handed groundstrokes."
Barr, a 6-foot-2 pre-business major from
"Sam is the complete package," Berkowitz said. "He is a big kid and he will use his size to step into the court and play aggressive. Not only will he be a big help for us in singles but he will also improve our doubles lineup in a major way."
The seven Wildcat returners who finished 13-11 last season and lost three seniors to graduation will welcome the 2011 freshmen class as they prepare for their upcoming season. Vidaller and Thompson will represent the Wildcats in their first collegiate match on Friday at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in La Quinta,
"They all have a lot of experience playing worldwide and they are our future," Berkowitz added. "They are going to be the guys that are going to be with us for four years keeping our program rolling."
2011-12 National Letter of Intent:
Along with this season's additions, Berkowitz announced the signing of