Alabama Head Men's Tennis Coach Billy Pate announced the addition of Brian Conlon and Stuart Kenyon on Monday. Both Conlon and Kenyon will join the Crimson Tide in the fall.
"We're excited to welcome both Stuart and Brian to the Crimson Tide family," Alabama head coach Billy Pate said. "Not only have they accomplished a great deal during their junior tennis careers, they are also high character people. They will undoubtedly bring positive energy and leadership traits to the team."
Conlon, who resides in Marietta, Ga., is a four-star recruit according to TennisRecruiting.net. In 2010, he ranked 145th in the nation in his class and was No. 5 in the state of Georgia. Conlon won two Southern Level 3 tournaments and was in the top 35 in the South in 14s, 16s and 18s. As a junior, he earned International Tennis Federation points collecting four wins in singles and three victories in doubles.
"Brian has displayed flashes during his junior career of competing at a very high level," Pate said. "He possesses a solid foundation of technique along with a great work ethic. He was hampered by injuries at times in the past few years, which didn't allow him the opportunities to play as much. I anticipate he'll prosper in the team practice environment this fall, and we look forward to watching his game develop rapidly."
Kenyon, also a four-star recruit on TennisRecruiting.net, ranked as high as No. 69 in the nation. The Houston, Texas native upset the nation's fifth ranked player, Emmet Egger, at the USTA Winter Supernationals in Scottsdale, Ariz., 7-6, 7-6 and also competed in doubles at the same event where he finished as runner up. Most recently, Kenyon received a wild card to compete in the prestigious ATP event in Houston. As a member of the Lutheran South Academy tennis team, he won the state championship two out of three times.
"Stuart has steadily progressed throughout his junior career and has shown that he is capable of playing at a very high level," Pate added. "I sense that once he gets on campus and absorbs the structure and competition we offer, his game will take off even more. He has a strong sense of how to play the game tactically along with great skills for playing doubles."