Tennis adds three for spring season

Trio will add depth to 2011 team

December 27, 2010 · MT Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Middle Tennessee men's tennis team has signed three student-athletes to a scholarship agreement as announced by head coach Jimmy Borendame on Monday.

The student-athletes, Joseph Cohen, Ben Davis and Dimitri Pippos, will join the Blue Raiders in January and will be able to participate in spring competition.

"I am very pleased with the quality of talent we were able to get in this signing class without a lot of time to recruit since I was hired in August. With the addition of Cohen, we now have three lefties on the team which I am really excited about," Borendame said. "These guys will not only add depth but will also help make our team better."

Cohen, a left-hander from London, has been ranked as high as third in the United Kingdom and in the Top-250 in the world. He has trained at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy and Evert Tennis Academy both located in Florida.

Cohen, who played doubles with current Blue Raider Elliot Barnwell, reached the semifinals of the U14 Orange Bowl in singles and in the same tournament made the semifinals of the U16 doubles. Cohen was invited to play an exhibition match on the No. 1 court at Wimbledon by the Lawn Tennis Association.

Davis, a native of London, will join the Blue Raiders after a successful high school career. Davis was ranked No. 1 in the UK 14U and won the 14U Daily Telegraph Grand Prix Masters in 2006. He was the runner-up in the 16U British Junior National Championships and reached the semifinals of the 16U Eddie Herr.

Davis has been ranked as high as 243 in the ITF Junior ranking and won back-to-back ITF Junior Doubles titles. He is also a member of the Hertfordshire Men's County Cup Team which won Division I four straight years beginning in 2007.

Pippos will join the Blue Raiders after playing under Ian Malpass at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Pippos was a runner-up in the Pan-Hellenic Games and won a singles title each year with his high school team.

Pippos ranked in the Top-100 in the open Australian rankings and paired with John Millman, currently 170 in the ATP World singles ranking, in high school. He made the Metropolitan South Regional team and competed in the Queensland Junior Teams Carnival winning it four times.

Middle Tennessee will begin dual match action on Jan. 22 when it plays host to UT-Chattanooga at Nashboro Village in Nashville, Tenn., at 1 p.m. The Blue Raiders will then host Tennessee Tech at noon on Jan. 23 with that match also being played at Nashboro Village.

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