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Aggies Ink Top Recruit Adams

August 22, 2012
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION-Texas A&M men's tennis coach Steve Denton announced the signing of Harrison Adams, one of the top young tennis players in the country as well as the state of Texas.

"We are thrilled to have Harrison Adams come and join our Aggie tennis team this fall," Denton said.  "Harrison is an outstanding singles and doubles player that will make an immediate impact on our team. Aside from his world class forehand, Harrison is a fierce competitor with a tremendous work ethic. He is a natural born leader, the kind of player that makes everyone around him better. The 12th Man is in for a real treat when they come and watch him play as we enter the SEC this season."

Adams has been ranked in the national USTA rankings in 12s, 16s and 18s and was ranked No. 1 in the United States for the 2013 graduating class in the Tennis Recruiting Network. Most recently he reached the Round of 16 at the USTA National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and earlier this year won the BCS Grand Slam at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

The righthander teamed with fellow Aggie freshman tennis standout Shane Vinsant to win the doubles championship at the USTA Freeman Men's Futures Tournament in Joplin, Missouri.

"I am very excited about joining the Texas A&M tennis program," Adams said. "Coach Denton and Coach (Bob) McKinley do a great job of developing players and I look forward to working with the guys. My family encouraged me to make my own decision and do what is right for me and my decision was to come to Aggieland. I have known Shane (Vinsant) for quite some time and he and I have competed together in doubles."

"Harrison will represent Texas A&M at the U.S. Open this year as the USTA this past weekend has granted him a wildcard into the main draw at the U.S. Open Juniors," Denton said. "This wildcard is well deserved. Last year at the Orange Bowl, he beat the No. 12 seed from Germany in the first round and was up a set and a break before losing a tight three-set match to Wimbledon Junior Champion Filip Peliwo from Canada. Harrison has taken a little different route in his development playing state and national tournaments with a few pro tournaments sprinkled in. In the few international junior tournaments he has played, he has been able to hold his own against the top juniors in the world. His private coach is Aussie-born Grant Doyle from Austin, who also coaches Henry Harrison."

Harrison began playing tennis at the age of three and comes from a tennis family as the fourth of six children of Dr. Don and Cynthia Harrison. His father played at Texas Tech and his mother played at Oklahoma Christian University. His older brother Henson played at Oklahoma Christian University while two sisters Alex and Samantha played at Texas Tech. Samantha is a former Texas No. 1 player who earned All-Big 12 honors as a freshman as well as ITA Rookie of the Year honors. Younger siblings Henry and Sarah excel in their age group as well.

As a freshman at New Braunfels High School, Adams helped the team win the Texas Team 5A State Championship and also a Mixed Doubles State championship with his sister, Samantha. The duo would go on to win the Texas U.S. Open Qualifier in mixed doubles.

In 2011, he represented the state of Texas and helped the team win the Boys 18 USTA National Team Championship going undefeated along the way. He also earned his first ATP point at the age of 16 in his first professional futures tournament in 2011 in Brownsville, Texas, and reached the doubles semifinals in the 2011 Tulsa Futures as well as the doubles finals of the Niceville, Florida, Futures event.

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