ATLANTA--The Georgia State men's tennis program added two signees today from abroad with one arriving for the 2012-13 season and one joining the team next year.
Andrew Zedde, a native of Canberra, Australia, will arrive on campus for the start of the Spring 2013 semester at Georgia State University. He is a standout, left-handed player with extensive playing experience at International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments. Also joining the team today was Eric Baum, who will enroll at Georgia State University prior to the Fall 2013 semester.
"We are extremely happy to add Andrew and Eric to our program, Andrew will arrive in January and will make an immediate impact on our lineup," first-year head coach Joerg Barthel said. "We look forward to having Andrew on the roster as he brings a wealth of experience with him and will be a great addition to Georgia State."
Zedde is a two-time singles semifinalist at 2010 ITF Junior tournaments in Fiji and New Zealand. He was also a doubles finalist at the ITF Junior tournament in Fiji in 2010. He competed in the main draw at the Australian F5 Futures tournament in Cairns, Australia, this year. Zedde was a semi-finalist in singles at the Australian Championships in 2011. He graduated from Lake Ginninderra College in 2012 after graduating from Lyneham High School in 2010.
A native of Heiligenhaus, Germany, Eric Baum also signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Georgia State on Friday. Baum will join the Panthers prior to the Fall 2013 semester. Baum attends high school at Helmholtz Gymnasium in Essen, Germany. He is a right-handed player that is expected to make immediate contributions upon his arrival on campus. He held a ranking of 217 in the Germany men's tennis national rankings and has competed in elite junior tournaments in Germany.
"Eric is a strong kid with a big game and I see a lot of areas in his game that we can develop," Barthel said. "It will be a joy working with him throughout his college career. He will make a strong impact in our lineup right away. He has been one of the best junior players in his state and also in Germany overall and he will bring a winning attitude to GSU."
Georgia State closed its fall season at the Winthrop Invitational in early November. Senior Victor Valente participated in the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships this fall after advancing to the finals at the ITA Regional Championships. The Panthers begin their first dual-match season under Barthel on Jan. 18 at Chattanooga. Visit the men's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for updates on the offseason and a preview of the upcoming spring season.