SALT LAKE CITY - Utah men's tennis announced the addition of Mehdi Abid for the 2014-15 academic year.
"We are very happy with Mehdi's commitment to our program," head coach Roeland Brateanu said. "He is a difference maker in both singles and doubles and we expect him to make a big and immediate impact on our starting line up."
Abid, born and raised in Tunis, Tunisia, has been ranked as high as No. 82 in the ITF Junior World Rankings carrying two singles titles and an impressive six doubles championships.
In January 2013 he achieved his best results, winning the grade-2 ITF singles event in India, followed by a doubles crown in the grade-3 event one week later. Abid earned the best win of his young career against Thomas Miedler (Austria), ranked as high as No. 14 in the world.
Abid has also had success on the ATP Futures circuit, earning his first ATP points in Egypt in September of 2013. He is also a member of the Tunisian Davis Cup team. Fellow Ute Slim Hamza also hails from Tunisia.
"I'm very happy and excited to be a Ute and represent the University of Utah, "said Abid.
"We have worked very hard over the summer to put a team together and things are looking great," Brateanu added. "It's been a great week adding McGuiness and Abid, but the best thing is that we are not done. We will continue to work hard and try to add one or two more players to our roster for the spring semester. It's an exciting time to be a Ute and I can't wait to get started with this team."