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Bolivian Star Joins UT Men’s Tennis

TRUJILLO, PERU - NOVEMBER 17: Rodrigo Banzer from Bolivia serves the ball in Tennis event as part of the XVII Bolivarian Games Trujillo 2013 at Golf and Country Club on November 17, 2013 in Trujillo, Peru. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)

(Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)

By Steve Lansdale

The University of Texas men’s tennis team added a veteran of multiple international tournaments to its recruiting class when Rodrigo Banzer signed with the Longhorns, head coach Michael Center announced.

“Rodrigo is a great addition to our program,” Center said. “We are getting a very talented young man who has an all-court game, is a team played and has valuable experience in the Davis Cup and the Pan American Games.”(continued below...)

(...continued from above) The 18-year-old Banzer, whose team-high ATP World Tour ranks him at No. 938, has competed for two Davis Cup Group ties for his home country of Bolivia against Mexico and Peru. He also reached the round of 32 in the singles draw of the Pan American Games this summer in Toronto, and the quarterfinals in the doubles draw with partner Federico Zeballos.

Banzer joins a Texas recruiting class that already included Liam Caruana of New Braunfels, Texas, John Goodwin of Mission Hills, Kan., Harrison Scott of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Leonardo Telles of Brazil.

The Texas men’s team reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and finished the 2014-15 season ranked No. 9 in the nation. Graduated seniors Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen won the program’s first NCAA doubles championship in 71 years.