CHARLOTTESVILLE – The Virginia men’s tennis team announced the signing of Alex Domijan (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) to a National Letter of Intent. Domijan, the top American player in the class of 2010, will join the Cavaliers next fall.
“I am thrilled about Alex becoming a Virginia Cavalier,” said head coach Brian Boland. “Alex is a world class player who continues to climb in the ATP rankings and has long been one of the world’s best junior players. He is excited about being part of our program and being surrounded by teammates who are dedicated to being the best possible tennis players and playing at the professional level. Alex also is a team player and looks forward to helping our team achieve its goals.
“I am eager to work with Alex. He is a fine young man and an excellent student. He comes from a wonderful family who has been supportive of his desire to attend an outstanding academic institution while also getting the best tennis training to play at the professional level. I have been impressed with how his coaches and family have helped him get to this point of his career. Alex has the potential to become one of the top players on the ATP tour as he is not only a gifted player and a hard worker, but also possesses a tremendous knowledge of the game. I look forward to seeing the impact he will have on our program.”
Domijan is the top American junior going to college next year. He is currently ranked No. 553 in the world in the ATP singles rankings, twice reaching the finals of events on the Futures Tour. In the past year, he has wins over Arnau Brugues, Cory Parr and Blake Strode, all 2009 ITA singles All-Americans during their senior year in college. Last year he also recorded a win over Jesse Witten, who reached the third round of last year’s US Open.
As a junior player, the 6-foot-7 Domijan has been ranked No. 1 nationally at almost every age level. He has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the ITF world junior rankings. Last summer he reached the quarterfinals of Junior Wimbledon, edged in three sets by 2009 NCAA singles champion Devin Britton. In 2008, he won the singles titles at the Eddie Herr Tennis Championships and the ITF Pan American Championships.
Last summer he played for the New York Buzz in World Team Tennis and plans to play for the team again this summer. He has also served as a hitting partner for the US Davis Cup Team.
“My goal is to become a top ATP tour professional in the near future, and I see the program at UVa enabling me to accomplish my goal with the coaching of Brian Boland and the excellent support staff,” said Domijan. “I am excited about attending UVa and chose it because I will be able to work with Brian, and also I will be able to play with outstanding teammates who I enjoy being with. I look forward to the wonderful tennis-supporting community at UVa, and just maturing as a person. I think we will have a good shot at a national title next year as well. The university itself is attractive to me academically and the opportunity to receive a degree from UVa at some point is important to me.
“I want to thank my family and mom, especially my dad and grandpa for teaching me the game, my grandma Catherine Domijan, the USTA for their support and continuing development efforts to help my game with Patrick McEnroe, Jose Higueras, and Jay Berger, and want to give back to the USTA and our country with supporting the Davis Cup if called upon again, and Saddlebrook and the fine coaches there that I may continue to work with, the World Team Tennis organization and the NY Buzz in which I will play this summer and hopefully for many more years to come, and all the management agencies and tennis agents that have shown an interest in me and in which I look forward to working with as my career develops when I finally turn pro.”
Domijan joins Justin Shane (Falls Church, Va.), who signed with the Cavaliers last fall, to form Virginia’s 2010-11 first-year class.