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Men's Tennis Signs Two to National Letters-of-Intent

Short inks players from Georgia and Australia

December 1, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee men's tennis coach Dale Short announced the signings of Derrick Davison and John Peers to a national letters-of-intent for the 2007-08 academic year.

Davison is a standout at Starr's Mill High School in Peachtree City, Ga., earning three letters as the No. 1 singles player in the lineup. Davison was undefeated as a sophomore and junior and led his high school team to the state Final Four both seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righthander has been ranked as high as No. 38 in Boys 18's in the USTA Southern Section and has junior wins over Davey Sandgren (currently at Tennessee) and Austin Roebuck (currently at Georgia Tech). Davidson's father, Rick, was a two-time All-American in tennis at Florida International and is currently the Director of Competition for the USTA in the state of Georgia.

"Derrick has a huge upside but has been injured a little and also worked through some other issues away from the court in the past few years," head coach Dale Short said. "Now that he's healthy and back on the court, he could potentially be one of the best American signees we've had in a long time. He's just a great athlete."

Peers hails from Melbourne, Australia, and will enter Middle Tennessee with a world junior ranking of 167 and a Top 10 Australian junior ranking. Peers has played in several professional tournaments as an amateur, reaching the second round of qualifying in singles and the quarterfinals of the main draw in doubles at the 2006 Melbourne Park Futures tournament.

In singles he was a quarterfinalist at the Australian 18's National Championships and reached the quarterfinals and Round of 16 at four International Tennis Federation events around the world.

Peers has won five junior events around the world in doubles and finished runner-up in another in the last two years. He has also represented his state as well as his country in several international team events.

"John is a big signee for us. He's one of the highest ranked Australians we've ever had and we've had some great ones from David McNamara to Anthony Deluise, both of whom were All-Americans," Short said. "John comes in with a better junior ranking than both David and Anthony had when there arrived at Middle Tennessee."

Davison and Peers join South African Richard Cowden and Murfreesboro native Kyle Wishing in signing with the Blue Raiders. Cowden is scheduled to join the program in January for the spring schedule.

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