Tulsa's Marcelo Arevalo Turns Professional
Jan. 13, 2012
TULSA, Okla. - University of Tulsa junior Marcelo Arevalo has chosen to forego his final two years of eligibility as a member of the Golden Hurricane men's tennis team and turn professional, TU Director of Tennis Vince Westbrook indicated today.
"It's a bittersweet day for The University of Tulsa," Westbrook said. "We are losing one of the best players in the country and a player who has been a mainstay at the top of our lineup for two years, but we're excited that he is pursuing his dream.
"He will have the opportunity to represent both his home country and TU in the upcoming 2012 Olympics, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."
Arevalo, a native of El Salvador, garnered a plethora of accolades during his two years as a member of the Golden Hurricane.
He was named the 2011 Conference USA Player of the Year and earned Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors in 2010. He was also on the all-C-USA Singles First Team both years and all-C-USA Doubles Second Team his sophomore year.
He was named the ITA Central Region Player to Watch as a sophomore and the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
Perhaps his biggest contribution to the Tulsa program came in 2011, when he led the Golden Hurricane to its first trip to the NCAA Round of 16 in school history.
"Marcelo improved so much as both a person and a tennis player during his time here at Tulsa," Westbrook said. "I know this was a difficult decision for him, but he is doing what he believes is best for himself and his family."
Arevalo ended his career with a 29-14 singles record and a 30-11 mark in doubles. He posted 14 wins over ranked opponents during his career, which included a triumph over then-No. 1 J.P. Smith of Tennessee in the first round of the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships in October 2010.
He reached a career-high ITA singles rank of No. 24 on June 8, 2011, and he was projected to be a top-5 player in this year's preseason rankings. His career-high doubles rank was No. 39, which he achieved on March 1, 2011 with current sophomore Japie De Klerk.
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