July 26, 2006
TennisRecruiting.net released its Top 25 Mid-Major Recruiting Classes for 2006 and Florida Atlantic University's David Komie has recruited the second ranked class in the nation. Five-star recruit Kenneth Arthur McGovern, four-star recruit Dan Vardag along with Olivier Sajous earned the team national attention.
"The recruiting classes' rank is exciting and confirms our belief in the fine individuals that will join the program either as incoming freshmen or transfer students," said Komie. "But, we also understand that we have a lot of work to do before it equates into winning matches."
An incoming freshman from Pembroke Pines, FL, McGovern has been rated the last three years as a top-50 recruit. In 2005 he reached the third round of Super Nationals in Kalamazoo, MI and reached the finals of two National Opens in doubles.
Sajous will bring Davis Cup experience to FAU after representing his native country, Haiti. He is the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel 2005 Male Player of the Year and is currently ranked third in Florida's Men's Open division. In the last year, Sajous has defeated Reid Carleton, Holden Seguso and Bradley Mixson, each of whom are listed as "Blue Chip". That is the highest ranking a player can receive by Tennisrecruiting.net and only a handful of players in each class receive such an accolade. Typically, "Blue Chip" players turn professional prior to college or attend only the elite college tennis programs. He has also been selected to compete among the world's elite juniors at the Luxilon Cup which is held at the NASDAQ ATP event in Key Biscayne.
Vardag has held Saint Andrews School's no. 1 position since his sophomore season and is perennially ranked among the top-20 junior players in the State of Florida. Vardag will join the FAU squad with the experience of defeating several juniors ranked in the top-100 in the U.S., including one top-10 win.
Osvaldo Benitez holds a top-30 Men's Open division rank in his native Argentina. He attended high school in Florida and won the Florida State High School Singles Championship as a freshman. He replicated his singles accomplishment as a sophomore and added the doubles championship title. In 2005, Benitez reached the third round of qualifying at the Vero Beach Futures event competing as an amateur.
Lawrence Harradine, a native of Switzerland, has trained extensively at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain, one of the top tennis academies in the world. In January 2006, he made his breakthrough by capturing the ITF United Arab Emirates Junior Championships. To win the event, Harradine won three-consecutive three-set matches, all against juniors ranked in the World's top 500. The final match saw Harradine serving down 4-5, love 40 (triple match point). His great tenacity and courage powered the come-back tiebreak victory.
The Fall season for the team will kickoff with a three-day event at the Hurricane Invitational on Sept. 8 and will feature Miami, North Florida and Georgia Southern.