OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team strengthened its future with the addition of Croatia’s Zvonimir Babic for the 2014-15 year, associate head coach Toby Hansson announced Tuesday.
A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Babic has been ranked as high No. 182 in the ITF World Junior Rankings and No. 1 in Croatia in juniors. He won the Croatian National Indoor Championship in singles and the Outdoor Championship in doubles. Babic was also the runner-up at the Outdoor National Championship in singles.
“We are thrilled to have Zvonimir join the Ole Miss family,” Hansson said. “He bounced back from an injury to win a National Championship. That perseverance and determination says a lot about his work ethic and what he can bring to our program.”
Babic reached the quarterfinals in doubles at the 2013 European Championships and has won several ITF junior doubles titles including the Grade 2 Epitok-Abris Cup in Budapest, Hungary. Babic also played No. 1 for the Croatian National under 18 Team in the Summer Cup. The Summer Cup consists of six separate international team events held across the European continent during the summer months.
“Zvonimir is an outstanding student as well as athlete, and I am excited to see him succeed both on the court and in the classroom here at Ole Miss,” Hansson said.
Babic, who plans to major in Finance, joins Sweden’s Gustav Hansson, who signed with the Rebels in the fall.
The Rebels made their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance and advanced to the second round. SEC Player of the Year Nik Scholtz will begin his bid for a national championship in singles May 21 in Athens, Ga.
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