OXFORD, Miss. – One day after adding the top player from Croatia, the Ole Miss men’s tennis team continued to bolster its future with the signing of one of the world’s best in Mazen Osama of Egypt, associate head coach Toby Hansson announced Wednesday.
A native of Cairo, Egypt, Osama brings an outstanding pedigree, including a career-high ranking of 480 in the ATP World Rankings. Osama was the African Junior Champion in 2011, a finalist in 2013 and has been consistently ranked among the top 25 in the ITF World Junior Rankings.
An accomplished junior player on the world stage, Osama has competed in the Junior Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon Championships in singles and doubles. In addition, he reached the singles semifinals and the doubles final at the Eddie Herr International Junior Championships in 2012. He also competed in the prestigious Orange Bowl International Junior Championships, in singles and reached the quarterfinals in doubles in 2012.
“We are excited about Mazen joining the program,” Hansson said. “He has a wealth of experience playing at the highest level of junior competition as well as having success on the men’s circuit. He is an excellent student, extremely personable and will make a great team member.”
Osama joins Sweden’s top recruit, Gustav Hansson, and Croatia’s top recruit, Zvonimir Babic, to make up the 2014-15 signing class.
“This recruiting class of Gustav, Zvonimir and Mazen is arguably one of the top classes in the nation,” Hansson added. “This is a big step towards our goal of continuing the tradition of excellence that has become the trademark of Ole Miss tennis.”
The Rebels made their 21st consecutive NCAA appearance this year and advanced to the second round. SEC Player of the Year Nik Scholtz will begin his bid for an NCAA national championship in singles May 21 in Athens, Ga.
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