USC Men’s Tennis Inks Ryan Colby For 2022
USC men's tennis will get a lift in the New Year with the addition of incoming freshman Ryan Colby, who signed a letter of intent today (Nov. 10) to join the Trojans, USC head coach Brett Masi has announced. Colby comes to Troy from Virginia, where he's the state's top player. He also stands ranked No. 82 in the ITF World Rankings, and is the USTA's No. 2 player in the 18s.
"What an exceptional player and individual we are getting here at USC," Masi said of Colby. "On and off the court, Ryan truly exemplifies the characteristics of a Trojan. We are so excited to have him come in this January and help this squad compete for championships. We know he's excited to be here and can't wait to put on the Cardinal and Gold."
Colby's career is already studded with titles, including a recent run to the 18s National Clay Championships this year. He also claimed the 18s National UTR Clay Court title and the 10k UTR Tournament doubles championships in 2020. He's also currently a top-7 ranked player in the United States, and was the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) Men's College Connect champion in 2019.
Off the court, Colby is also accomplished in taekwondo and active in community service.
"The world perceives tennis as an individual sport, but I realize as I have grown and faced adversity that it is the ultimate team sport," Colby said. "I have been blessed to have my family and JTCC as part of my team for the last 10 years and I'm looking forward to joining the best college team in the country, USC, and contributing to its success."
Colby has blood lines to USC already, as he is related to one of USC's original founders, Robert Widney. Colby will join the Trojans as a true freshman for this coming spring season, due to arrive on campus in January 2022.