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Men's tennis team inks three international standouts

The Binghamton men's tennis teams has inked three international players, all of whom will join the Bearcats for the 2003-04 season.

Dan Hanegby (Herzliya, Israel) was a two time national champion in Israel, as he was ranked first in his native country in both the 16-under and 18-under age groups. He has also competed on the ATP circuit and achieved a career high ranking of 1130th in 1999. In addition, Hanegby served in the Israeli Army for three years in the special defense force.

"Dan brings an explosive baseline game, terrific passing shots and great competitive intensity to our program," head coach Michael Starke said. "His vast tennis experience, including competing in several ATP events, along with his military service brings the maturity and toughness of a savvy veteran to our program. With the departure of Akshay (Rao), Dan has big shoes to fill, but he is ready for that challenge."

Richemn Mourad (Sao Paulo Brazil) will begin his sophomore campaign this fall. He was ranked top 20 in Brazil on the junior circuit and has also had ATP tournament experience.

"Richemn is a great addition to our team," Starke said. "He has a very steady game with prior experience and success."

Juan Garcia (Lima, Peru) is a junior transfer from Lees McRae College (which is located in Bonner Elk, N.C.). In his native country, he was ranked among the top 10 in junior rankings.

"Juan has a steady game, great foot speed and a lot of heart," Starke said. "Along with Richemn, he brings solid tennis, great spirit and a South American flavor to the team. Their hard work ethic will set a great example for our squad."

Overall, Starke views this trio as an outstanding addition to the squad.

"We have solidified our team as a conference contender with the addition of these three players," Starke said. "I feel we have a team that will work extremely hard with the potential to develop into a very good regional team.

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