Deacs Add Three to Spring Roster
Dec. 13, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest head men's tennis coach Tony Bresky announced Wednesday (Dec. 13) the addition of three student-athletes to the men's tennis program for the spring semester. Rrezart Cungu, Ian Dempster and Eduardo Nava have all joined the program and will be eligible to compete this season.
Cungu, a freshman, joins the Demon Deacons from Ulcinj, Montenegro where he has climbed as high as No. 810 in the ATP World Rankings. He advanced to the finals of the singles draw at the Bosnia & Herzegovina F3 event this past summer while claiming the doubles title at the Tunisia F3 Futures event this past January. Cungu has a career high UTR of 14.37.
Cungu joins current Deacs Petros Chrysochos and Skander Mansouri as players who have represented their country in the Davis Cup, as Cungu has been a member of the Montenegro National Team since 2015. He has won four career matches in the Davis Cup, including a perfect 2-0 record in his last appearance.
"Rrezart will be an outstanding addition to our program and we look for him to make an immediate impact," said Bresky. "Not only is Rrezart and excellent student but he is also committed to playing high-level tennis. He has already represented Montenegro in Davis Cup competition and has several wins over ATP top-500 players. His goals and ambition are a perfect fit for our team."
Dempster joins the Demon Deacons as a graduate student after completing his degree at NC State. Dempster was a member of the Wolfpack men's tennis team for the first two and a half seasons, becoming a talented doubles specialist. In his freshman season of 2013-14, Dempster tied the program record for the most doubles victories by a duo with 20 with partner Robbie Mudge, while claiming a total of 26 doubles victories. Dempster would go on to finish the season No. 25 in the ITA doubles rankings and advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2014 NCAA Doubles Championship. His sophomore season saw Dempster finish 33rd nationally with a 25-9 doubles record and a 15-5 mark in dual matches.
A five-star recruit and the No. 1 recruit out Texas coming out of high school, Dempster has been competing on the ITF Futures level the past three years and will join the Deacs with one year of eligibility.
"We are very excited to have Ian join us. Ian will be pursuing a master's degree at Wake Forest and will also look to play professional tennis," Bresky added. "Ian has an excellent background and brings a lot of experience to our team. He won our regional championship in doubles both years he played it and played No. 1 doubles at NC State both years he competed. Ian understands ACC competition and will be an excellent addition to our team for this spring."
Nava heads to Winston-Salem from TCU where he competed his freshman year before redshirting the 2016-17 season. A mid-year enrollee with the Horned Frogs, Nava compiled a 10-8 singles record in his lone semester of competition, playing at the No. 4 and 5 singles positions, while also recording a perfect 5-0 record in doubles competition. He was a member of the Horned Frog program that advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.
A blue-chip recruit coming out of high school, Nava was ranked as high as No. 4 in his class and competed in the main draw of the U.S. Open Junior Championships, and made the quarterfinals of Kalamazoo. He has earned a career-high ranking of No. 905 on the ATP World Rankings.
"Eduardo was one of the top recruits in the nation when he joined TCU and unfortunately suffered a major injury at the end of his freshman year. The rehab process has been lengthy but Eduardo is healthy now and hungrier than ever to reach his goals and those of our team. We are thrilled to have him join us and anticipate his best tennis is ahead of him," added Bresky.
Select members of the program will begin their season Jan. 5 at the Naples Futures event, with team competition beginning Jan. 26-27 when Wake Forest hosts Old Dominion, Vanderbilt and Portland in the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
Sophomore Borna Gojo, an All-American a season ago, will return to the Demon Deacons this spring after spending the fall semester competing internationally.
"It's an exciting time for us hosting the NCAA Tennis Championships and we feel like Rrezart, Ian and Eduardo will all play major roles in our team this season. In addition, Borna has had an excellent fall playing internationally and we are excited for his return. We can't wait to get started."
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