Men's Tennis Selected for Cajun Classic
Sept. 2, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Four members of the TCU men's tennis team will head to Lafayette, La., to take part in the return of the prestigious Cajun Tennis Classic on Sept 16-21 on the campus of Louisiana-Lafayette at the UL Tennis Courts.
Under the direction of former Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU men's tennis coach Jerry Simmons, the Classic will return to Lafayette for the first time since 1984 and will boast eight of the best teams in the country - LSU, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, Texas, Georgia, TCU and host Louisiana-Lafayette.
"We are very excited to bring four of our best players to Lafayette," coach David Roditi said. "This tournament is looking like one of the best college tournament of the year."
Dachs and Daniel were consistent contributors for the Horned Frogs last year, with both posting 20 plus wins in 2013-14. Dachs was ranked three times throughout the season and defeated three ranked opponents while playing mainly at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Daniel played mainly at No. 3-5 singles positions and defeated one ranked opponent in his first season, along with three Big 12 conference opponents.
Nunez and Johnson enter their first seasons with TCU as two of the most touted recruits in the country. Nunez was ranked as high as No. 9 in the junior ITF rankings and was the No. 1 ranked junior tennis player in Chile since 2009. Johnson is a blue chip recruit out of Las Vegas, Nev., who was the No. 1 recruit in the state of Nevada and No. 14 nationally.
The youngest coach ever inducted into the ITA College Hall of Fame, Simmons started the tournament at Louisiana-Lafayette in 1977 as the first collegiate tournament that would be corporately sponsored. It moved to the campus of LSU in 1983 and would be renamed the Rolex Tennis Classic.
In the tournament's tenure, it has produced 20 Grand Slam winners or finalists, two U.S. Olympic gold medal doubles players and hosted 12 NCAA championship programs.
Coupled with the collegiate tourney will be a children's tennis clinic, which will host more than 500 local elementary school students, teaching them the ins and outs of the sport.