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June 20, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s tennis team announced Monday (June 20) that Ammar Alhogbani (Alexandria, Va.) will join the three-time national champions as a freshman in the fall of 2016.

“I am thrilled to have Ammar join our program,” said Virginia head coach Brian Boland. “He brings a wealth of international experience and trains at one of the best junior development centers in the country. I strongly believe his best tennis is in front of him as he has tremendous grit and loves competing. Ammar is an outstanding student with exemplary character whose values and priorities fit this program and the culture we have developed. We could not be more excited to welcome him to the Virginia tennis family.”

Alhogbani is the top recruit in the state of Virginia. Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Alhogbani was the captain of Saudi Arabia’s Junior Davis Cup Team and went undefeated in Davis Cup singles as well as representing the nation at the Asian Olympic Games. He has won ITF juniors tournaments in Bahrain and Dubai and has twice won the juniors tournament in Kuwait. He is a four-time Gulf Coast Countries champion, also being named the Player of the Tournament four times. Alhogbani graduated from Laurel Springs High School, but plays tennis at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Md.

“I chose UVA because its tennis program is one of the best in the country, and Coach Boland has a solid track record for winning as well as developing college players,” Alhogbani said. “Also, I love the gorgeous campus with its historical flair. Virginia is one of the best academic institutions in the country and there would be nothing better than winning a national title in my home state.”

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