April 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Wayne Montgomery of Johannesburg, South Africa, has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Georgia and compete for the men’s tennis team, head coach Manuel Diaz has announced. Montgomery will enroll this summer and begin play with the Bulldogs in the fall.
Montgomery originally intended to enroll this spring, but was not cleared by the NCAA. He has since received the necessary clearance.
“We’re extremely excited about Wayne coming to Georgia,” Diaz said. “He persevered and has been cleared by the NCAA. He is excited, we’re excited, and he’s going to have a great future here. He is set to enroll in summer school and will get going right away.”
Montgomery has won multiple South African and African Junior titles in singles and doubles and has represented South Africa internationally in team and individual events. He has been a member of the ITF junior touring teams each year since the age of 13 and also participated at the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico in 2010 and 2011.
Montgomery reached a career high ITF U-18 world ranking of No. 7 in 2013, and has 92 career singles wins. He has won ITF junior circuit tournaments in Gaberone, Port Elizabeth, East London, Montreal (doubles), Potchefstroom (singles and doubles), Traralgon (doubles), and Maryland (singles and doubles). His reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open as well as the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon.
He will join incoming freshmen Andy Martinez and Peter Bertran, in addition to current redshirt freshman Paul Oosterbaan, in the class. Bertran recently defeated former NCAA doubles champion and All-American Robert Farah in Davis Cup action.