Men's Tennis Signs Two To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES -- Two top prep players -- Gary Sacks of Calabasas, Calif., and Chong Wang of Houston, Texas -- have signed letters of intent with the USC men's tennis team, head coach Peter Smith announced today.

'These are two of the strongest recruits in the United States,' said Smith, who enters his third season at Troy. 'We are excited to add them to our team next season. They will definitely contribute to what we think is going to be a great team.'

Sacks, a right-hander who played two seasons for Calabasas High, was the CIF Division I Southern Section singles champion in 2003. That same year, he was the USTA boys 16-and-under No. 1-ranked player and the 18-and-under No. 16-ranked player. Of his most notable 2003 junior tournament victories, Sacks won the boys' 16 singles title and reached the doubles semifinals at the USTA Super National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., and finished in third place in singles and reached the doubles semifinals at the boys' 16 USTA Super National Spring Championships (The Easter Bowl) in Palm Springs, Calif.

Wang, a right-hander, attended Carroll High in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a freshman and sophomore, and has played for Clear Lake (Texas) High as a junior and senior. On the junior circuit, Wang has been ranked among the top-5 in the USTA's boys 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions since 2003. He also had great success playing doubles with current USC freshman Kaes Van't Hof. The pair advanced to the under-18 doubles semifinals of the 2004 Easter Bowl (Palm Springs), the quarterfinals of the 2003 Winter Super Nationals (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and the finals of the 2003 Super National Clay Courts (Louisville, Ky.). This year, Wang won the National Open (Austin, Texas) in singles in February.

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