BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo men's tennis coach Lee Nickell has announced that Damien David has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his educational and athletic pursuits at the University at Buffalo.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, David is currently ranked as the number one junior in Quebec and the number three junior in Canada. He is a two-time national singles champion (U14 and U16) and has won four national doubles titles (U12, U14, U16 and U18). He reached a career high ranking of 276 according to the International Tennis Federation.
In ITF competitions, David is a two-time singles champion, winning 2010 Grade 4 and 5 events in Burlington, Ontario. He reached the singles quarterfinal round of a Grade 3 event in Montreal in October of 2010. He reached the doubles semifinals at the Grade 1 Canadian Open Junior Championships in 2010. Last month, he reached the quarterfinal round of the All-Canadian ITF Junior Championships
Nationally, David has represented his native province of Quebec as a member of the Canada Games gold medal winning Team Quebec and is a member of Team Canada which advanced through the qualifying rounds at the World Junior Tennis Championships.
David chose Buffalo over highly-touted programs at Arkansas of the SEC and Michigan State of the Big Ten.
"Damien David is one of the most highly touted recruits that this program has ever landed," said Nickell. "He has beaten not only the best players in his country, but also some of the best internationally as well. He is a young man with high character, and we know that he will come in and make an instant impact for the Bulls."
The University at Buffalo, a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference, finished the 2010-11 season with a 12-8 overall record and were 3-2 in league play. The program captured the 2010 MAC regular season championship.