Jack Schipanski has joined the sixth-ranked Tennessee tennis team, coach Sam Winterbotham announced Thursday.
Schipanski, from Adelaide, Australia, brings an extensive resume. He has a career-high ATP world tour ranking of 860 in singles and 746 in doubles. He has reached three singles quarterfinals on the ITF Futures Tour and has played in two Futures doubles finals.
“He’s got great experience internationally,” Winterbotham said in a school release. “He plays at a very high level. When you add that tennis level to his personality and character, I think he’ll fit in very well here.”
As a junior, Schipanski represented Australia in the 2010 Junior Davis Cup.
Schipanski joins All-SEC senior Jarryd Chaplin as the two current Australians on the Tennessee roster. The Vols have boasted a long tradition of Down Under talent and have had at least one Australian on the roster every year since 1988, including recent All-American John-Patrick Smith.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have such a great tradition of top Australian players coming to Tennessee,” Winterbotham said. “It’s not just been their ability on court but the chemistry they bring to the team. Certainly it is something that we want to continue, and Jack seems to be really excited to be here.”
Tennessee’s season starts at home Saturday with a doubleheader against Tennessee Tech at 10 a.m. and Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m.