FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a storied run to compete in its first-ever Atlantic Sun Tournament, the FGCU men’s tennis team added some depth to its roster with the addition of freshman Chris Perrigan (Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay College Prep. School) and the signing of incoming freshman Dylan Gunning (Boca Raton, Fla./Olympics Heights HS).
“I’m very excited about this incoming class of freshmen,” said first-year head coach C.J. Weber. “Chris is a good lefty player who has a great foundation of skills, which I believe can develop into a player that really pushes our program in the direction we need it to go. Dylan is the highest ranked American player that has signed with FGCU. He has a lot of tools to really develop into a serious player. He comes for a tennis family, and understands what it takes to be successful in the sport. I expect him to make an immediate impact on the program.”
Perrigan has helped lead the Maclay tennis team to the state tournament for the past five seasons as the No. 1 singles and doubles player for the past two. A three-star recruit according to Tennis Recruiting.net, the Tallahassee, Fla. product was ranked as high as No. 226 nationally and No.26 in the state of Florida. Perrigan was also the MVP of his Maclay tennis team and the 2011 Tallahassee City Champion.
Gunning is a three-time district champion, playing No. 1 singles and doubles at Olympics Heights HS in Boca Raton, Fla. He is also a two-time regional champion as well as a State finalist and semifinalist. Currently, Gunning is ranked No. 9 in the state of Florida according to Tennis Recruiting.net and has been a five-star recruit, while being ranked as high as No. 63 in the nation. He has competed in several national tournaments and beaten top 30 players in the country and is the highest ranked American recruit ever to sign with FGCU. Gunning comes from a tennis background, as his Dad played on the ATP tour and was ranked inside the top 150 in the world.
Under Weber’s direction, the Green and Blue doubled their win total from a season ago with seven victories this year. Freshman Tianyu Bao (Tianjin, China/Bayshore HS) became the first Eagle to be honored as the A-Sun Freshman of the Year, and joined classmate Michael Beiler (Palm Harbor, Fla./Dunedin HS) as the program’s first All-Freshmen team selections. FGCU returns five of its six starters in the singles lineup in hopes of a return trip to the A-Sun Championships next season.