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Men’s Tennis Lands First Recruit of the Season

Nov 12, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. - Jay Dylan Hara Friend signed his NLI to join Arizona in the fall season of 2022. Hailing from Japan, Friend ranked in the ITF as high as No. 128 as a junior player.

A very good student, Friend has recently been on a tear on the tennis court winning two big tournaments, one in Rotterdam and Barcelona, winning a total of three tournaments in singles and four tournaments in doubles during 2021. A top 50 global recruit, Friend's father is from New Zealand and his mom is from Japan with their family living all over the world, including most recently in Singapore and now in Barcelona.

On why he chose Arizona, Friend said, "I was having a tough time making a decision on which school to go to but as soon as I stepped on the campus and met the team and coaches, I knew that the U of A was the place for me."