LAFAYETTE, La. - The Ragin' Cajuns men's tennis team picked up another key addition to the 2012-13 signing class as blue chipper Edgar Lopez signed a national letter of intent, head coach Mark Jeffrey announced on Saturday.
"Edgar Lopez is a seasoned player that will come in and contribute immediately to our lineup," Jeffrey said. "He is another cornerstone player that will rewrite the history books at UL. Edgar has been ranked as high as 900 in the ATP with only a handful of tournaments. He has already beaten a top 300 ATP player so I see him as a leader next year. Edgar understands that he needs to develop physically before being able to go back on tour in 4 years. I think he is a great fit for us as he comes with the mindset to finish school and then be able to go professional. This is the mindset we want here at UL."
Lopez chose the Cajuns over South Florida, Ohio State and Tulsa. He joins Hunter and Yates Johnson, Hunter Goertz, Cameron Wahlbourgh and Jake Wynan on the 2012-13 signing class.
"He has a great deal of international experience," Jeffrey stated. "We will look to turn Edgar into a much more physical player on the court. We are looking to develop guys into top level ATP professionals after they graduate, and I predict Edgar will be among the top 400 professionals very soon."
Lopez is currently ranked 1531 in the ATP Rankings and is also a member of the Mexican Davis Cup team. The Mexico native has wins over Marious Zelba (1948 ATP), Luis Enrique Barrientos (1867 ATP), Alejandro Moreno Figuero (1275 ATP), and Roman Borvanov (283 ATP).
"Beating one of the top 300 players at any age while only playing part time on the ATP tour really tells you that Edgar has the potential to play with the best on a day-to-day basis," Jeffrey added.
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