FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas tennis coach Robert Cox has added a signee for next year, picking up a player in the state by way of Wisconsin.
Cox announced on Monday the signing of Taylor King, who has consistently ranked among the nation’s top juniors. King recently moved to Rogers from Wisconsin. He has also lived in California.
“I’m really pleased to sign a tennis standout like Taylor,” Cox says. “His national record is what really jumps out at you. He’s played in national tournaments across the country, and we are really pleased he has chosen Arkansas for his athletic and academic future.”
King has never played high school tennis, instead spending his time on the national circuit. He is currently ranked No. 115 in the nation in 18 singles, recently moving up 32 spots. He was No. 20 in the country in 16 singles and No. 12 in 14 singles.
“He still has another year to go to play 18s,” Cox says. “He’s on track to being ranked in the top 30 in the nation. I look for him to come in and make an immediate impact on our program. It’s great that we can find a player of his caliber right here.”
King joins current Razorback Matt Roberts of Little Rock and former Hog Aleksey Bubis as recent UA players who were ranked in the top 30 nationally.
King was born in Fort Smith and lived in Arkansas until moving to California at age 11. While in California, he attended the Top Seed Tennis Academy and Weil Tennis Academy. His family moved to Wisconsin five years later and to Rogers earlier this year.
Cox’s Razorbacks are coming off a 16-10 season in 2004 in which Arkansas advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and earned a No. 24 final ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.