NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb men’s tennis coach Mario Hernandez has announced the signing of two players for the 2016-2017.
Joining the team will be Victor Chaw from Lima, Peru and Jorge Ortegon from Monterrey, Mexico. Chaw will be on campus in the fall. Ortegon will be part of the team in the spring.
Chaw’s highest international ranking in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) was 475. He is the No.1 player in the nation of Peru for the under 18 age division and is No. 3 in the men’s national rankings for Peru.
He represented Peru in the under-14 age division of international competition. He has won 12 national junior tournaments in Peru and has won one national men's open event in Peru.
Ortegon’s best international ranking in the ITF was 310. He has been ranked as high as No. 4 nationally in Mexico for the under 18 age division.
“Jorge is from the same city my father is from, Monterrey,” Hernandez said. “Both guys have a lot of experience on the international tennis tours and are ranked very high in their countries.
“Both come from good families. And they are good in their academics as well. They are what we are looking for in Lipscomb tennis players.”
Ortegon was a finalist in a Grade 5 ITF tournament, the Panama Bowl, in 2015. Ortegon was also a semifinalist in a Grade 5 ITF tournament, Goombay Bowl, in 2015 as well as a quarterfinalist in a Grade 3 ITF tournament, the Bolivia Open, in 2015.
“They are both gritty players, particularly Victor,” Hernandez said. “Jorge is also a fighter. We expect both of them to make an impact on the lineup immediately when they get here.
“Both have polished games…clean technique. They are going to be accomplished players coming in. It will be our job as coaches to fine-tune some things to make them the best players they can be.”
Hernandez views the signings as another step in taking the men’s tennis program to a higher level.
"This recruiting class is our highest-ranked recruiting class ever, based on international tennis rankings,” Hernandez said. “ We look forward to bringing them into the culture that we have been developing here at Lipscomb, which is a culture based on developing and improving as a player and person.
“Both Victor and Jorge are coming because they want to improve and believe they can do that here at Lipscomb. Having them here along with our core group of players returning will produce a competitive and positive environment which will force each member to bring their best each day."