Jan. 16, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Men's tennis coach Sam Winterbotham has announced the addition of Australia native Jack Schipanski to the team before the start of the 2014 season.
Schipanski, from Adelaide, Australia, brings an extensive tennis resume to the Vols. He has a career-high ATP world tour ranking of 860 in singles and 746 in doubles. He has reached three singles quarterfinals on the ITF Futures Tour and has played in two Futures doubles finals.
"He's got great experience internationally," Winterbotham said. "He plays at a very high level. When you add that tennis level to his personality and character, I think he'll fit in very well here."
As a junior, Schipanski represented Australia in the 2010 Junior Davis Cup.
Schipanski joins All-SEC senior Jarryd Chaplin as the two current Australians on the Tennessee roster. The Vols have boasted a long tradition of Down Under talent and have had at least one Australian on the roster every year since 1988.
The list of Vol greats from Australia includes: Michael Fancutt (1979 All-American/UT head coach 1998-2004), Chris Mahony (1994 and 1996 All-American/UT head coach 2005-06), Damien Spizzo (2004 All-American), Kaden Hensel (2008 and 2009 All-American) and John-Patrick Smith (eight-time All-American 2008-11/current ATP top-100 doubles player).
"We've been very fortunate to have such a great tradition of top Australian players coming to Tennessee," Winterbotham said. "It's not just been their ability on court but the chemistry they bring to the team. Certainly it is something that we want to continue, and Jack seems to be really excited to be here."
Tennessee's season starts at home Saturday with a doubleheader against Tennessee Tech at 10 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m.
Admission is free at Goodfriend Tennis Center. Parking is available in lots S-37 around Shelbourne Towers and lot N-2. The indoor complex can be accessed through the main doors in the Andy Holt Apartments parking lot or the elevator entrance near the outdoor courts at Barksdale Stadium.