Whitlinger Inks Three For 2009-2010 Season

Jan. 7, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Head men's tennis coach John Whitlinger has announced the names of three exceptional junior tennis players that will be joining his squad for the 2009-2010 season. Californians Denis Lin and Walker Kehrer, along with New York's Matt Kandath, have signed their National Letters of Intent and will be attending Stanford as part of the class of 2013.

'I am very excited that three highly-ranked US junior players will be attending Stanford next fall,' said Whitlinger. 'They will bring immediate impact to the team. What I really like is they all have had success in national junior tournaments not just in singles, but doubles as well.'

Kandath (Gansevoort, N.Y./The Albany Academy) is currently the USTA's 18th best player (B18s) and has been ranked as high as No. 53 in the world (ITF) and fifth in the nation (B16s). He was rated the sixth-best college recruit by tennisrecuiting.net, and he is a two-time New York state high school champion.

In 2008, Kandath and his partner captured the Kentucky International Tennis Derby B18 Doubles Championship (September) and reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Juniors (August), knocking off the tournament's top seeded pair along the way. Playing solo in November, Kandath reached the quarterfinals of the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships after upsetting No. 12 Tennys Sandgren.

'It's a great opportunity and an unbelievable honor, said Kandath of his commitment to Stanford. 'I hope to live up to the incredible reputation Stanford has and I plan to work really hard and do all that I can to contribute to the team and help us to reach the goal of winning a national championship.'

Lin (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks HS), who has also had success in 2008, is currently one spot about Kandath in the USTA ranks at 17th. Lin attained his highest rank of fifth in 2006, and was rated the 17th best recruit in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net.

Lin was part of the doubles team that captured the Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships (April) and the 106th Annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships (June) doubles titles, along with taking the singles title at the May USTA National Opens.

Lin also advanced to the singles placing round of the Southern California Junior Sectionals, and to the doubles final of the U.S. Junior International Hard Court Championships (August).

'I am really excited to join the team and be a part of the Cardinal tradition,' said Lin. 'I'm looking forward to the great experience that I'm sure to get at Stanford.'

Kehrer (Pacific Palisades, Calif./The Brentwood School) is the USTA's ninth-ranked singles player, attained his highest rank of No. 5 (singles) and No. 1 (doubles) as a B16 player, and was ranked 22nd on tennisrecruiting.net's top recruits list.

Kehrer reached the finals as a singles player in March 2008's Tennis Express ITF tournament and took third in singles at June 2008's USTA National Open and second at February 2008's USTA National Open.

'It's exciting to be coming to a team where I know all of the guys already and they are all amazing tennis players,' said Kehrer. I feel privileged and honored to be a part of such a historic program and to have Coaches Whitlinger and Coupe as my coaches.'

The three classmates know each other very well from competing and playing against one another as juniors. Kehrer has paired with both Lin and Kandath this past year and in July, reached the finals of the USTA B18 National Clay Court Championships with Lin, narrowly losing 7-6, 6-7, 6-4 in the final. Kehrer and Kandath advanced to the Round of 16 in August's USTA National Championships.

The three played each other in October 2008's USTA Pan-American ITF Junior Tennis Championships as Kandath and his partner Lipman defeated the duo of Lin and Kehrer in the doubles quarterfinals; 6-1, 5-7, 13-11.

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