ATLANTA — Roger Anderson (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa), one of the top junior tennis players in South Africa and a former top-100 junior world player, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Georgia Tech next season, Yellow Jacket men’s coach Kenny Thorne has announced.
Anderson, who currently ranks second in the South Africa Tennis Association (SATA) singles rankings and 101st in the world junior rankings by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), was Tech’s only signee of the recently concluded spring signing period. He joins Fabio Campos (Key Biscayne, Fla.), who signed with the Jackets in the fall, as Tech’s two newcomers for the 1999-00 season.
“Roger is a great addition to our program,” Thorne said. “He has proven himself in several international tournaments. I look for him to come in and make an immediate impact for us next year. He has the potential to play pretty high in our lineup as a freshman.”
Anderson won an ITF singles tournament in Casablanca and was a finalist in ITF events in Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore. He also won the Border Grand Prix and the Cape Town Grand Prix, a pair of South African tourneys, and was a finalist at the Port Elizabeth Grand Prix.
Anderson has been ranked as high as 88th in the ITF world junior rankings this year and was also the top-ranked junior player in South Africa for much of the early part of 1999.