May 27, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia men’s tennis team’s 2014 recruiting class assembled by head coach Manuel Diaz and associate head coach Will Glenn has been ranked No. 2 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net, the popular Junior tennis Web site announced this week.
The Bulldogs’ incoming four-player class comes in second nationally behind only Stanford, and includes redshirt freshman Paul Oosterbaan as well as rookies Peter Bertran, Andy Martinez, and Wayne Montgomery.
Oosterbaan – a native of tennis hotbed Kalamazoo, Mich. – arrived on campus this January but has not yet competed for Georgia. His accomplishments include earning a wild card into the main draw at the 2013 U.S. Open by virtue of winning the boys 18s doubles title at the USTA National Championship, as well as capturing the Clay Court doubles title, the boys 16s Winter Nationals singles, and the USTA 18s National Open. He has been ranked as high as No. 8 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net during his Juniors career.
Bertran is a native of the Dominican Republic and has since relocated to the Peach State. He went undefeated as a sophomore and junior in high school, and has been ranked the No. 5 prospect in the state of Georgia. Last year, he won ITF tournaments in the Dominican Republic, Aruba, and Barbados, and earlier in 2014 he defeated former USC standout and six-time All-America Robert Farah in Davis Cup action.
A native of Atlanta, Martinez began competitive tournaments at the age of 12. He is a senior at Woodward Academy and trains at Tennis Academy of the South with Kurt Clemons. Rated a five-star recruit, Martinez is ranked in the top-75 in the senior class nationally and was the winner of the Southern Doubles Championship.
Montgomery is already in Athens for summer school, joining the Bulldogs from Johannesburg, South Africa. He has won multiple South African and African Junior titles in singles and doubles, and has represented South Africa internationally in numerous team and individual events during his career. 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 won ITF junior circuit tournaments in Gaborone, Port Elizabeth, East London, Montreal (doubles), Potchefstroom (singles and doubles), Traralgon (doubles), and Maryland (singles and doubles). He has reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open as well as the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon.
The Tennis Recruiting Network and Solfire enlisted the aid of junior tennis experts to determine the top-ranked incoming classes. Reporters, national and international tournament directors, referees, ranking chairmen, and writers from across the country were involved in the voting process.
The SEC leads all conferences with six of the Top 25 recruiting classes - including four programs in the Top 6. Just behind Georgia at No. 2, South Carolina comes in at No. 3, followed by Kentucky at No. 5, Alabama at No. 6, Florida at No. 13, and Vanderbilt at No. 16. The ACC is second among conferences with five ranked recruiting classes.
The group of four will join a Bulldog squad that claimed the program’s 37th Southeastern Conference title this spring, reaching the NCAA Championships round of 16 with an overall record of 18-8. Georgia loses two departing seniors in Garrett Brasseaux and Hernus Pieters.