©Colette Lewis 2007--
One Tulsa tournament down, one to go, but in the meantime news happens, and Austin Krajicek’s recent decision to attend Texas A & M beginning in January definitely qualifies as an important announcement.
I had an opportunity to talk with Krajicek over the phone late last week about his verbal commitment, which will be officially announced by the University after the Early Signing Period next month.
Krajicek and his parents visited the College Station campus late last month for a football game and a tour of the facilities. The left-hander, currently ranked 7th in his class by The Tennis Recruiting Network, came away impressed.
“It was really nice,” said the Brandon, Fla. native, who turned 17 in June. “The tennis center is awesome, the fitness center is great, and I felt they are really looking to help athletes with their academics.”
Although Krajicek, who trains at the IMG/Bollettieri Tennis Academy, is considering majoring in sports management and communications at A & M, a career in tennis on his agenda too.
“I would like to put on a little weight, get stronger and faster, just keep improving, so that I can give myself a shot at the pros,” Krajicek said, adding that his early start will give him an advantage there too.
“I’ll be 21 when I graduate, giving me more time for pro tennis.”
Krajicek, who works through a text-based program at Laurel Springs Distance Learning, is eager to join the team for the upcoming dual season.
“I really liked all the guys, I was really comfortable there,” said Krajicek, who also took an official visit to the University of Florida. “They all push each other to get better. And the coaches (Steve Denton, head coach and Bob McKinley, assistant coach) are great.”
Krajicek said he plans to play several ITF Men’s Futures events in Mexico later this month while he finishes his high school academic requirements.
Monday, October 8, 2007