RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Men's Tennis Head Coach Anthony Rossi has announced the signing of four student-athletes for the spring season.
The four players hail from France, Qatar and Sweden. Charles Bertimon, Rayane Alami, Stefan Petrovic and Rayane Stable have all signed with VCU. The four players will join a team that went 16-10 during the 2017-18 season and won the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight year.
"R.J. and I are really excited about this recruiting class. These players have high goals as individuals and for the team. They were mainly recruited for their work ethics and their passion for the game," said Rossi.
Bertimon comes to VCU from Champagne Sur Seine, France. Bertimon filled his resume before committing to VCU as he earned the Ile de France Athletics Championship in 2010, Ile de France UNSS Championship in table tennis in 2013 and the Seine et Marne Team Championship in 2017 and 2018. He chose VCU for several different reasons including the location, facilities, equipment and reputation. However, Bertimon will redshirt this season and will have four years of eligibility remaining.
"I met coach Rossi in person and got to know him. I expect to have a good relationship with him and the whole team which is the most important thing for me," said Bertimon.
Alami, a Qatar native, is a gold medalist and MVP in the under 18 Gulf Cooperation Council tennis tournament that took place in 2017 and was a silver medalist in 2016. In addition, Alami won two youth tournaments in France in 2017 and 2018. He chose VCU for a few reasons including the prestigious tennis program and the scholarly interests.
"I feel like this university will fit my personality. Art, business and sports are a very big part of me and I think VCU can help me improve those skills," said Alami.
Petrovic, a Goteborg, Sweden native, comes to VCU from Korrespondensgymnasiet high school. He has a big game, good character and is a good student, which embodies the type of player Rossi looks for when recruiting.
"I chose VCU because of its successful tennis program and the way the coaches responded to me," said Petrovic.
Stable, who comes to VCU from France, formerly played tennis at Alex de Tocqueville high school. Stable has plenty of tennis experience and has participated in many tournaments throughout his high school career. He made it as far as the regional championship match in 2013 and consistently improved his game ever since. In 2018, Stable won his first ATP point in Italy over an opponent who was then-ranked as the 960th player in ATP.
"I chose VCU because I've always wanted to go to a university in the U.S. and I was very excited when coach Rossi came to me and asked me to come to VCU," said Stable.
With the addition of these four new student-athletes, VCU Men's Tennis now contains 10 players on its roster for the 2019 spring season. The first matches of the season will be played on Friday, Jan. 18 against Drexel at 9 a.m. and Campbell at 4 p.m. at the Thalhimer Tennis Center.