Another addition to the 2017 recruiting class was announced by Wake Forest head men’s tennis coach Tony Bresky this past Wednesday.
Borna Gojo, a Croatian native, will practice with an already prized roster and he will surely increase the team’s level of play.
“He is an established high-level tennis player with strong pro results to back it up,” Bresky said in an interview with Wake Forest Athletic Communications. “He has tremendous potential and we are excited to begin working with him,” he said.
Gojo’s number one priority was finding a solid coaching staff and our coaches, with their extensive tennis background, convinced him to commit to our school.
On top of the consistent performances of our program, the well-rounded academics also proved to be a dealbreaker.
He is expected to make an immediate impact in our lineup in both singles and doubles. He is right-handed and has a two-handed backhand that collegiate players are already fearing.
He has been consistently ranked in the top 150 of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings and as high as No. 827 in the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings (ATP). More impressively, he is ranked No. 674 of the ATP in doubles rankings.
He has 42 career single wins and only 35 losses on the ATP circuit. He has just as impressive in doubles play with a 43 and 36 record.
His latest tournament was the Tashkent Challenger in Uzbekitan where he beat four top 100 players of the ITF ranking on his way to a victory.
He won every set convincingly, proving that, when he is on his game, he is practically unstoppable.
Gojo has won two Croatian future titles and looks to be a combative player both in singles and doubles competition for Wake Forest.
“I think Wake Forest has it all and to be honest, I can’t wait to step on the court and give my all for the team, and I believe we will have a historic year,” Gojo said in an interview to Wake Forest Athletic Communications.
To better understand the process behind being recruited, the Old Gold & Black sat down with newly recruited freshman Charlie Parry.
What was the process you went through to reach out to college coaches and get recruited?
I visited schools and spoke with the coaches. I learned about the team and about the school. They would tell me the schedule their athletes had and the goals that they wanted me to achieve.
Did you adjust your high school schedule to play tougher tournaments, or did you play in more manageable events so you could have a better record?
I played in as many tournaments as I could. All tournaments started on Saturday and ended on Monday if you made it all the way to the finals.
In bigger tournaments, I would leave on Thursdays to play my match that started on Friday. My school would let me out of class early so that I could leave for these tournaments. They understood that tennis was my passion, and I was very dedicated and competitive.
Did any college coaches ever reach out to you? If so, what do you think caught their attention?
Yes, coaches always liked my positive attitude and hard work ethic. Coaches thought I was great for their teams, as a player who could push his teammates and improve his own game as well.
The future looks bright for men’s tennis as our roster now consists of both international and domestic superstars.
Next season will be one to follow.