April 22, 2014
THE FLATS – Head coach Rodney Harmon of the Georgia Tech women’s tennis team has announced the addition of Johnnise Renaud to the Yellow Jackets for the 2014-15 season.
“We are so excited that Johnnise is coming to Georgia Tech,” head coach Rodney Harmon said. “I’ve known her for quite a long time. She is such a nice young lady that is very focused on her tennis and very focused on her academics. She is really, really excited about coming to Georgia Tech. She is just excited to be coming to Atlanta.”
Renaud is five-star Blue Chip recruit and has been ranked as high as number three by the Tennis Recruiting Network this season. She attended the Bill Adams Tennis Academy and hails from North Miami, Florida. She is currently ranked as the No. 1 recruit in Florida, the No. 1 recruit in Southeast and the No. 3 recruit in the nation. In the ITF junior rankings, she checks in at number 52. Her season and career high ranking in the ITF is #30. Renaud is currently in 35th in the USTA rankings.
“Johnnise is probably one of the highest recruits ever to come to this school in tennis,” Harmon said. “She is the number three recruit in the nation and her highest ranking in the world has been at 30. We are just excited about her coming and are looking forward to her arrival here on campus.”
Renaud has a 31-13 record this season, going 8-4 against Blue-Chips and holding an impressive 5-0 record against fellow five-star recruits. Over her career, she is 106-56 in singles and 67-58 in doubles.
Renaud will bring a background of international experience with her to the Yellow Jackets. She has played in the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championship, the Canadian Open Junior Championship and the Wimbledon Junior Championships. During the Canadian Open Junior championships, Renaud advanced to the round of 32 after defeating Japan’s Hikari Yamamoto.
She’s won two tournaments in 2014, taking the title in the Open du Conseil General in Guadeloupe and the RVTA Junior 1 in South Africa. She made it to the finals in both the USTA National Selection Tournament and the RVTA Junior 2. In 2013, Renaud advanced to the quarterfinals of the international hard court championship.
Renaud will join Alexis Prokopuik, a West Vancouver, British Columbia native, as the two members of Tech’s incoming class in 2014-15.