FORT MYERS, Fla. - With the 2013-14 FGCU men’s tennis season about to commence, head coach C.J. Weber announced Friday the additions of Adrian Reid and Lucas Vaz to the roster for the upcoming year.
A native of Lima, Peru, Reid joins FGCU as one of Peru’s best players in the 2013 graduating class. He achieved a career-high No. 3 rank as a junior in Peru, accomplished a No. 14 rank in the men’s open division and has defeated players ranked as high as No. 8. Although Reid was often unable to travel outside of his country to compete, he has wins over two top-100 International Tennis Federation (ITF) players in Jaime Galleguillos (No. 58) and Juan Sebastian Marino (No. 97).
Reid, who will be a freshman, also has a win over Association of Tennis Players (ATP) member Victor Maynard, who had a career-high ATP singles ranking of No. 1194 and an ATP doubles ranking of No. 450. Additionally, he was a finalist at the Casely International Championships in Miami, and a quarterfinalist of an ITF tournament in 2011.
In addition to his international tennis achievements, Reid is also highly-decorated in academia as he received a diploma of recognition from his high school for his efforts in the classroom.
“Adrian is going to be a great asset to our program,” said Weber. “He is an incredibly hard worker, and manages all of his business in a very professional way. His game has tremendous upside, and I can’t wait for his career as an Eagle to begin!”
Vaz hails from Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will transfer to FGCU from Tulsa. He joined the Hurricane as a freshman this past spring, and Tulsa finished the 2013 season ranked No. 25 in the country. From his junior career, Vaz brings an impressive résumé of national, ITF and ATP experience to FGCU’s squad. He has been ranked as high as No. 1 in his home country of Brazil, including a career-high ITF ranking of No. 625 and an ATP ranking of No. 1421.
Vaz has been the finalist of an ITF tournament in Paraguay, and has been the winning team member of the Confederations Cup, which is one of the most prestigious tournaments in Brazil. En route to his No. 1 national ranking, Vaz accumulated six national title championships. Like Reid, Vaz brings a strong academic background to FGCU as he carries a 3.6 GPA from Tulsa to begin his career with the Green and Blue.
“Lucas is one of the best players to come out of Brazil,” commented Weber. “He has great experience, has been coached very well and comes highly recommended. I look forward to working with him to get his game to reach its full potential during his time here at FGCU.”
Furthermore, Weber added: “Both incoming players understand the vision that the FGCU Department of Athletics has, and they will be an incredible fit to help the tennis program reach new heights this season. This squad is sure to be the deepest we have had in our Division-I history.”