Palm Beach Atlantic University Men's Tennis Lands Future Standout
June 17, 2008
Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- After a historic season this past spring which landed the Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s tennis team in their first ever NCAA Regional appearance, the Sailfish look to continue that strong play with the addition of great talent. One of those recent acquisitions includes recruit signee Krasimir Atanasov.
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Atanasov brings the Sailfish an immediate threat to compete within the region while helping ease the loss of departed seniors and top two overall PBA players, Brock Newton and Paul Segodo.
A veteran player in his native Bulgaria standing at 6’7”, Atanasov has experience playing internationally as he has competed in tournaments in Greece, Serbia, and Romania. On the club scene, Atanasov performed for well-known clubs such as Levski, CSKA, and Bankia as he continues to shape his technique and overall game.
While replacing great players such as Newton and Segodo can be a tough task, PBA men’s and women’s tennis coach Chi Ly feels he may have found a potential tennis standout in Atanasov.
“Krasi will be a great addition to our team to step in for both Brock and Paul. He will provide leadership for the team both on and off the court because of his maturity and match experience,” said Ly.
No stranger to American competition, Atanasov has competed in the Jeff Stone Memorial Tournament in Burlington, Vermont for the past three years while qualifying for the semi-finals in 2005 and 2007 and taking home the men’s singles title in 2006.
Through his time spent at the junior level in his native country, Atanasov was consistently ranked in the top 15 nationally while he hopes to accomplish similar accolades at PBA.
“To me, being able to play competitive college tennis at such a high level, combining that with a great education, Christian values, and the wonderful facility that PBA provides is all I have ever dreamed of,” said Atanasov upon his signing of the national letter of intent.
With his first collegiate semester quickly approaching, Atanasov will be making his move to West Palm Beach very soon.