Utah State University and head men's tennis coach of the Aggies James Wilson June 4 announced that the team has added star Indian player Rithvik Chowdary Bollipalli to the squad.
“Utah State University is amazing and the entire team and staff are very friendly, supportive and encouraging,” Bollipalli said in a statement. “I love nature and the location is beyond exception and it inspires me to start every new day with very positive energy. The university has all the amenities for a tennis player.”
Bollipalli was the No. 1-ranked junior in all of India during U-12, U-14 and U-16 competition and has an International Tennis Federation ranking of 238 and a Universal Tennis Ranking of 12.72, the university said in a news release.
Bollipalli, who was a member of the India delegation at the 2017 Junior Davis Cup, captured a pair of tournament titles earlier this year, winning both the singles and doubles crown at the ITF Seventh Nairobi International Junior Championships in January, and then the singles and doubles titles at the ITF East African U-18 Junior Circuit in February, the release noted.
Bollipalli is excited about the coaching he will receive at Utah State to better his tennis career.
“The coaching staff is awesome and I am very confident that under their expert guidance I will improve my tennis and fitness for they are exceptionally good and know what it takes to make a player,” he said. “I have full confidence in them that they will help me realize my dream to become a pro. Each player on the team is great and I am looking forward to learning from them. This is going to be my home away from home for next four years.”
Wilson, meanwhile, is excited at the prospect of the new signing making contributions to bettering the men’s tennis program at the university.
“Rithvik is going to be a great asset to our program,” Wilson said. “His mindset and work ethic are in line with our culture, and his overall game has tremendous potential. I am really looking forward to working with him, mostly because of his positive demeanor. I would expect him to make an immediate impact in our singles and doubles lineups.”
Bollipalli will join the university and the tennis program in the fall.