Standout Roberts Chooses USF Over Other Top Teams
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA, APRIL 17, 2014 – Head coach Matt Hill continues to add more top-level talent to the No. 26 USF men’s tennis program.
Hill has announced the signing of Justin Roberts, a 17-year-old standout from the Bahamas who chose USF over other top programs including No. 5 UCLA, No. 10 Illinois, No. 25 Wake Forest and No. 33 Alabama among many others.
“We’re excited. He’s one of the better players in the world that’s coming into college tennis and more importantly than that he’s an incredible young man,” Hill said.
Roberts reached No. 162 in the world rankings in March and he’s picked up numerous ITF World Circuit wins in both singles and doubles. Roberts shined at the Grade 4 ITF world event in the Netherlands in February, when he captured singles and doubles titles.
“He’s an incredible athlete that’s really smart,” Hill said. “He’s very hungry to improve and learn the game, and that’s what we look for in every recruit that we talk to. He really checked all the boxes and we’re super excited to have him in the program because we know how much better he’s going to get in years to come.”
Roberts has collected numerous wins over junior players in the top 100 of the world rankings and Hill is excited to watch him compete at the Division I level wearing green and gold in the fall.
“He’s going to make an impact on our team right away,” Hill said. “We have one of the youngest teams in the top 26 in the country and for any 17-year-old to come in and make an impact on our team is saying a lot.”