HANOVER, N.H. – Head coach Chris Drake and the Dartmouth men’s tennis team announced the early decision recruits for the Class of 2018 on Wednesday afternoon. Each of the incoming players has turned in their intent-to-enroll cards and look forward to becoming a member of the Big Green.
The three early commitments come from across the country and the world. The trio includes Max Fliegner from Clarkston, Mich., Aman Agarwal from India and Ciro Riccardi of Los Angeles, Calif.
Fliegner is a five-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net. In the 16 and under division, he won two National Opens, the Midwest Closed and reached a high USTA national ranking of No.13. In the 18’s, he has reached the finals of two regional events and a semi-finals of a National Open. Also, within the past year he led his Detroit Country Day tennis team to a state title while playing No. 1 singles.
- Coaches Drake and Alex Wetherell on Max “We first saw Max play at our campus showdown at Dartmouth. We were immediately impressed with his athleticism, all court game and variety of skills on the court. We also got to know Max as an easy going, mature young man that we think will fit in really well with our group.”
Agarwal currently attends Prior Park College in Bath, England and trains at the high performance training center at the University of Bath. He has been ranked as high as 194 in the ITF world junior rankings. Some of his best results include: Winning the Grade 4 ITF singles title in Slovenia, a Grade 3 doubles title in Russia and reaching the final of a Grade 2 in Russia. Earlier in the year, Agarwal represented India in the Youth Asian Games in Nanjing, China.
- Coaches Drake and Wetherell on Aman “He is a very skilled all court player. We have heard only great things about his commitment to school, tennis and his strong desire to be in a program like ours where he will be pushed by the coaches and his teammates. We think the positive competition that is a hallmark of our program is going to bring out the best in Aman.”
Riccardi is a five-star blue chip recruit and currently ranked No. 9 for the senior class according to tennisrecruiting.net. He is unique in that he only started playing tennis competitively at age 12 and rapidly developed into one of the top players in the country. When he was 16, he won the Costa Rica Bowl, which is a Grade 3 ITF event. Over the past 3 years, Ciro has been ranked in the top-10 nationally for his recruiting class.
- Coaches Drake and Wetherell on Ciro “He is a very accomplished junior player and has wins over many of the best players in the country. His ranking and record speak for themselves, but we are most excited about the work ethic and competitiveness that Ciro will bring to every practice and match. On his visit, the guys really enjoyed spending time with him and we think he is going to fit in really well both on and off the court with our group.”