Men's Tennis Welcomes Four in the Class of 2018
Princeton men’s tennis coach Billy Pate announced the addition of Luke Gamble, Kial Kaiser, Ben Tso and Diego Vives who have accepted admission to Princeton and will enroll this fall.
“We are very pleased to welcome four outstanding student-athletes to our program and Princeton University," Pate said. "This is an exceptional class and each of these young men exude a great deal of character, talent and ambition that fits perfectly with the culture we expect for Princeton men’s tennis. We really addressed our needs as a team and feel strongly each of these student-athletes will make significant contributions to our program both on and off the court. This class, combined with the outstanding freshmen and returning players, is an instrumental piece in laying the foundation for future success.”
Gamble, of Boise, Idaho, is a five-star recruit on TennisRecruiting.net and is currently No. 72 in the country among the senior class of 2014. Gamble also has extensive international experience and has competed in the junior division in two grand slams, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open, as well as the prestigious Orange Bowl International Championships. While playing in on the International Tennis Federation junior circuit, Gamble won doubles titles in Honduras, Mexico and three times in Canada (Victoria, Edmonton and Winnipeg). He paired with current Princeton freshman Alex Day in winning the Winnipeg title. Gamble posted a career-best win over Guillermo Nunez (top-10 ITF world ranked player) and earned a career-best ITF world ranking of 242. Having spent much of his childhood in Costa Rica, Gamble won the boys national championship there in 2011 and 2012. Gamble recently competed in the USTA Spring Supernational Team event in Mobile, Ala. where he earned the sportsmanship award among 128 competitors.
Pate on Gamble: “Luke is very athletic 6-4 lefty who displays an enormous amount of tenacity, positive energy and self-confidence on the court. He is a highly-skilled doubles player having won numerous doubles titles throughout his career. With his dynamic personality and strong work ethic, we expect him to contend for a starting spot during his freshman year.”
|Kaiser, of Saratoga High School in Saratoga, Calif., has been a Blue Chip recruit on TennisRecruiting.net and is currently No. 26 in the country among the senior class of 2014. Kaiser has spent the majority of his junior career ranked among the top 15 players in the nation and reached No. 12 nationally in the USTA 14s and 16s. He has also dominated his section while earning the No. 1 ranking in Northern California multiple times in the boys 12, 14 and 16 age divisions. A multi-sport athlete at a young age in soccer, basketball and baseball, Kaiser turned his focus to tennis where he starred for the Saratoga High School tennis team in leading the squad to the Northern California State Championships. Kaiser’s brother, Kevin, was a highly-ranked junior player and competed for the Stanford Cardinal.
Pate on Kaiser: “Kial is one of the top U.S. prospects for 2014. He is a proven winner and has a long history of success on a national scale. Kial is very driven to play tennis at the highest level after college and has worked diligently in developing various aspects of his game. With his strong serve and groundstrokes, along with his physical ability to control the court from the baseline, I see him having the chance to make an immediate impact in our lineup.”
|Tso, of Lexington, Mass., attends Lexington High School and has also been a permanent fixture USTA national events. Traveling to national tournaments since age 11, Tso has a vast resume of competitive experience and impressive results. This was highlighted by Tso’s capturing the prestigious National Boys 14 Hard Court Championships while also finishing as runner up at the National Boys 14 Clay Courts the same year. He has also been honored as a sportsmanship award winner numerous times and last year was recognized in New York during the U.S. Open as the recipient of the National Junior Scholar Athlete of the Year. Tso is currently No. 1 in the USTA New England Section, No. 50 on the USTA Boys 18s national standings list and No. 67 among seniors on TennisRecruiting.net.
Pate on Tso: “Ben is also a highly experienced player who has enjoyed success nationally at a very young age. He is a highly intelligent player who has a variety of skills in his arsenal. Ben is also an exceptionally mature, well-rounded individual who will provide unique leadership to our team not often found in players his age. He will be a huge asset for our program and we see him contributing in both singles and doubles early in his career.”
|Vives, of Santiago, Chile, is another tremendous athlete with international experience. The former No. 1 junior player in Chile (18s and 16s), Vives reached an International Tennis Federation (ITF) high ranking of No. 249 while winning events in Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. In 2011, Vives was national champion in his country and earned the No. 1 ranking in 16s by registering a flawless 29-0 record that year. He also participated in professional-circuit events as an amateur and received an Association of Tour Professionals (ATP) ranking of No. 1563 in singles and No. 1625 in doubles. Vives is a December 2013 graduate of Santiago College (high school) in his hometown.
Pate on Vives: “Diego is a very charismatic, driven player who has an explosive all-court game. We were immensely impressed with his positive demeanor and highly infectious personality. Diego plays a game style similar to many successful lefties as he has a controlling, heavy forehand, yet with the ability to serve and volley and attack the net. As the top junior in Chile, and one of the top juniors in South America, he has had great experience training with top ATP players. That experience will serve him well at Princeton and it will be exciting to see his career develop.”