June 18, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - University of Louisville men's tennis coach Rex Ecarma has announced that Gonzalo Garcia-Cuenca has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Cardinals and will be eligible in the fall of 2012.
"We are excited to add Gonzalo Garcia-Cuenca to the great stable of talent in this 2012 class," said Ecarma. "Gonzalo is humble and reliable person but is very hungry to succeed on the tennis court. His style is perfect for our courts and I believe he will impact our team right away. I cannot wait to coach him. He joins Austin Siegel (who is ranked ninth in the country in his class), Colton Buffington (Ohio High School State Champion), Jeffrey Brown (Louisiana State Champion) and Alex Gornet (Kentucky High School State runner-up). This class was previously ranked eleventh in the country and with the addition of Gonzalo should move up significantly."
Garcia-Cuenca , a native of La Coruna, Spain, is ranked No. 113 in the country. He brings an impressive resume with several tournament titles under his belt. His recent championships include: the Zapateira Open, the VII Easter Open and the SCCC Carnival Open.
"For people who do not understand Spanish rankings Rafael Nadal is number one in Spain, David Ferrer is number two," said Ecarma. "Nadal just won the French Open and Ferrer was in the semi-finals. The top 80 in Spain are playing professional tennis at some level so he is one of the top amateur prospects in the whole country. I think if he grew up in the United States, he would be at least a top 20 type of recruit."