Men's Tennis Announces Signings of Two Standouts
LOS ANGELES – Blue Chip recruits Aadarsh Tripathi and Azuma Visaya have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA and join its men's tennis program, head coach Billy Martin announced Wednesday. Tripathi and Visaya are slated to become members of the team in the fall of 2022.
Tripathi and Visaya are each ranked among the top 20 players the Class of 2022 by TennisRecruiting.net. Tripathi, a Pleasanton, Calif. native currently studying through Laurel Springs School, is the fourth-rated player in the state of California and Southwest region. Visaya is the top prospect in his class from the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii & Territories region. He hails from Honolulu and attends Hibernian Private School.
Aadarsh Tripathi, Pleasanton, Calif. (Laurel Springs School)
Blue Chip recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net; reached high of No. 18 in 2021 … ranked No. 4 in state of California, Southwest region by TennisRecruiting.net … took Boys' 18 Flight 1 singles championship at 2020 Solano Junior Boys' Super Series in Fairfield, Calif. … earned Boys' 18 singles title at 2020 NorCal Junior 16's & 18's Excellence in Stockton, Calif. … won Boys' 18 singles championship at 2019 Seascape Junior Boys Excellence in Aptos, Calif. … with partner Emon van Loben Sels, seized Boys' 16 doubles title at 2019 USTA National Level 3: Coyote Cup in Scottsdale, Ariz. … captured Boys' 16 title at 2019 Johnson Ranch Junior Singles Championships in Roseville, Calif. … swept Boys' 16 singles and doubles (with partner Cyrus Ahmad) titles at 2018 Chamisal Junior Championships in Corral de Tierra, Calif. … captured Boys' 18 singles title at 2018 Livermore, Calif. Summer Junior Open (Grand Prix) … with partner Jake Blumwald, won Boys' 17 doubles title at 2018 Rio del Oro Junior Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
MARTIN ON TRIPATHI: "I'm very excited to have Aadarsh join our team. He's a hardworking young man that I've been able to watch quite a bit over the last three or four months. He's real eager to come and play for us and earn a spot in our lineup. I have nothing but good things to say about Azuma and I think he's got a lot of room to improve in his game on the college level."
Azuma Visaya, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hibernian Private School)
Blue Chip recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net; reached high of No. 10 in 2019 … ranked No. 1 in state of Hawaii, Hawaii & Territories region by TennisRecruiting.net … career-high ITF junior ranking: 74 … swept Boys' 16 singles and doubles championships at DT-USTA Summer Junior Section Championships (Level 3 – Waipahu, Hawaii), DT-USTA President's Day Jr Section Championships (Waipahu, Hawaii) and DT-Wailuku, Hawaii Winter Jr. Sectionals (Level 3) in 2019 … swept Boys' 16 singles and doubles titles at 2018 Boys 16 & 18 Hawaii States Championships (Level 4) in Honolulu … earned Boys' 16 singles title at 2018 DT-USTA Summer Junior Section Championships (Level 3) in Waipahu, Hawaii … won Boys' 18 singles and Boys' 16 doubles titles at 2018 Ramada Spring Junior Open Championships in Claremont, Calif. … earned Boys' 14 singles title at 2018 DT-Wailuku, Hawaii Winter Jr. Sectionals (Level 3) … collected Boys' 14 singles title at 2017 DT-Hawaii State Jr Championships (Level 4) in Honolulu … with partner Riley Visaya, took Boys' 16 doubles title at Boys 16 & 18 Hawaii States Championships in Honolulu ... captured Boys' 14 singles title at 2017 California Level 3 National Championships in Camarillo, Calif. … swept Boys' 14 singles and doubles (with Riley Visaya) titles at 2017 DT-USTA Summer Junior Section Championships (Level 3) in Waipahu, Hawaii … earned Boys' 14 singles title at 2017 DT-USTA Spring Junior Section Championships in Waipahu, Hawaii … swept Boys' 14 singles and doubles (with Riley Visaya) titles at 2017 DT-USTA President's Day Jr Section Championships in Honolulu … swept Boys' 14 singles and doubles championships at 2017 DT-Wailuku, Hawaii Winter Jr. Sectionals (Level 3).
MARTIN ON VISAYA: "I'm also very excited to have Azuma. I've been able to watch him a lot over the last six-plus months. I saw him play at our National Championships in Kalamazoo this past summer. He also has a great deal to blossom into and improve upon in college tennis, which I really feel he will. I'm really excited to have him join our team next year."
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