FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas men’s tennis head coach Robert Cox announced the signing of Santiago Munoz to a national letter of intent today to join the men’s tennis program for the 2012-2013 season.
Munoz, who hails from Mexico City, Mexico, is the first member of the 2012-2013 recruiting class and brings plenty of international experience to the Razorbacks after spending extensive time on the ITF juniors circuit.
"I feel that joining the Razorbacks is a very high goal that I was able to reach and that makes me feel very satisfied with myself," Munoz said. "Playing at Arkansas means so much, not just to me, but to everyone in my community. The thing that makes me feel really happy about all this is that I am making my parents proud. They have been the ones that have supported me in every step of the way and without them I would never have been able to come this far."
"I have a feeling that Arkansas is going to be a great place for me, not just because of the amazing level of tennis, but because of all the people that have been so nice and helpful throughout the recruiting process. I’ve had the pleasure to meet the team members and coaching staff and they have all been really encouraging."
While attending high school, Munoz played in a number of tournaments throughout Central America including, Mexico, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica and winning over 30 matches in singles and doubles. This year, Munoz has won 16 matches in singles and 10 matches in doubles and has built up a career-high ranking of No. 163. His greatest achievement came while playing in the U15-U16 division where he was the two-time national champion in Mexico. Munoz says he not only chose Arkansas for its tennis program, but also for its business school as he will enroll in the Sam M. Walton College of Business in the fall.
“We are very lucky to recruit and land such a talented player such as Santiago,” Cox said. “Santiago has vast international experience at the highest level and has played around the world earning a top 200 ITF ranking. Coach Eduardo Rincon and I both feel that Santiago has huge upside and should step right in and make an impact on our program.”
The men’s tennis team is off for the summer, but will kick things back up in the fall with individual tournaments before the start of the team season in the spring. For more information on Razorback men’s tennis or University athletics, please log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com.