Artem Strunnikov and his fellow signees will bring international experience to the Utes.
Aug. 4, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah men's tennis team has signed international junior player Artem Strunnikov to a National Letter of Intent, head coach F.D. Robbins announced Tuesday. Strunnikov is the third international standout to commit to the Utes for the 2009-10 season.
"We are extremely proud to announce the signing of Artem Strunnikov," said Robbins. "It is great to add a player with ATP points and experience to our team. We expect him to make an immediate impact on both our singles and doubles lineup and we hope that Utah can be a stepping stone for Artem in his dreams of playing professionally."
Strunnikov has had success at both the junior and open levels of competition all over he world, including an outstanding 2008 campaign in Russia. A native of Moscow, he was the runner-up at the Championship of Russia in January of 2008 and was again the runner-up at the Moscow Cup a month later. Strunnikov then went on to win the under-18 national championship in April and captured the Governor's Cup, an open event in September.
On the ITF Futures circuit, Strunnikov qualified for the singles main draw six times in 2007, earning an ATP ranking of 1,456. He also reached the doubles quarterfinals of a Futures event in July of that year.
In ITF Juniors play, Strunnikov reached the singles round of 16 at a G2 event in Italy in April of 2007, and the quarterfinals of two G4 events, one in Finland and one in Germany that year. He also batted to the round of 16 at another G2 event in 2006.