Men's Tennis Inks Top Local Recruit
Nov. 12, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky men's head coach Dennis Emery announced the signing of top in-state recruit Grant Roberts of Lexington, Ky., a 2009 Kentucky state finalist as a junior, Roberts attends Lexington's Tates Creek High School.
Roberts comes to UK as an accomplished player on the junior circuit as well as the high school ranks. Last summer the Lexington native won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Joe Creason (Ky.) State Qualifier by defeating Alex Crum of Prospect 6-2, 6-7, 6-0. As a result of the championship, Roberts qualified for the USTA Southern Closed Championships to battle players from across the South.
"Grant was someone we identified early on as a player we would like to sign," said Emery. "He is a left-hander - the only one projected on our team next year. He has an all-court game and can do some very special things with his hands on the court. In addition to Grant's prowess in singles, he should contribute to our doubles line-up."
Last May Roberts earned All-State honors by advancing to the final of 2009 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Boys' State Tennis Championship held at the UK Boone Tennis Complex. The left-hander fell in a tight three-set thriller to top-seeded Jimmy Roebker of Covington Catholic 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
During his sophomore campaign at Tates Creek, Grant made his debut in the 2008 singles state tournament as the No. 8 seed. He later lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state champ Eric Quigley, now a Wildcat sophomore.
Currently, the prospective Wildcat owns a 45-11 career record and is ranked second in the state, 11th in the Southeast and 52nd nationally for the 2010 class by national recruiting site TennisRecruting.net.
"It's always good to get a top in-state player," added Emery. "I am looking forward to working with him and seeing how good he can become here at UK. Being able to work in our weight room on a consistent basis should really help him reach the next level. He comes from an athletic family. His father was a very good player at Middle Tennessee State and his mother played basketball at Alabama."
Roberts chose Kentucky over offers from LSU and North Carolina State.
The 2010 Wildcats are off until mid-January when they conclude the indoor season in Atlanta at the SEC Coaches' Indoor Championships. Kentucky opens the regular season with a doubleheader at home against Xavier and Morehead State on Sat. Jan. 23.
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