Nava Inks with TCU Tennis

Nov. 10, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU men’s tennis head coach David Roditi announced the addition of blue-chip recruit Eduardo Nava to the 2015-16 roster on Tuesday afternoon.

A Northridge, Calif., native, Nava signed a financial aid agreement and will join the team starting in January 2016. Nava becomes the fifth member of the 2015 recruiting class, which also includes No. 1 recruit Alex Rybakov.

“Eduardo will have an immediate impact on our tennis team,” Roditi said. “He hits one of the biggest balls out there and he is considered an animal on the court. He loves tennis and he wants to be a professional tennis player more than anything. Eduardo comes from a tennis family and his mother Xochitl did a great job coaching and developing Eduardo along with his current coaches at the JC Ferrero Sports Academy in Spain.

“We are very excited to have Eduardo on our team for many reasons. He was a highly recruited player by all the top programs and we feel fortunate to have him here. (Assistant coach) Devin Bowen also had ties with Eduardo and his family, as Devin used to work with Eduardo before being part of our coaching staff.”

A top recruit out of Southern California that was ranked as high as No. 4 on, Nava has competed in the junior division of the US Open Main Draw the last few years and was able to advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA National Championships in the Boys’ 18 bracket in August.

Currently ranked No. 978 in the ATP rankings in singles and No. 1690 in doubles, Nava has excelled on the professional circuit and played in multiple Futures events.

Nava comes from an athletic family as his mother, the former Xochitl Escobedo, was a No. 1 female tennis player in Mexico and represented her country in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Nava’s father, Eduardo, was also a successful athlete as a track and field star for Mexico in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympic games, while also competing at Alabama in college.

Nava joins fellow 2015 signees Rybakov (Fr./Coral Springs, Fla.), Reese Stalder (Fr./Costa Mesa, Calif.), Gregory Anderson (Fr./Tucson, Ariz.) and Gianni Mancini (Fr./Irving, Texas). TCU also welcomed Kentucky transfer and junior Jerry Lopez to the team for the 2015-16 season.

TCU is coming off one of its best seasons in program history, as the team advanced to its fourth Final Four in program history and finished the season ranked No. 4 in the final Oracle/ITA poll. The Frogs will wrap-up fall competition, as No. 15 Cameron Norrie and No. 19 Guillermo Nuñez will head to the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate National Indoor Championships on Nov. 12-15.



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