LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Bucknell head coach Bruce Myers has announced the addition of three players to the Bucknell men's tennis team, beginning with the 2017-18 season. The Bison lost just one senior from a squad that made the semifinal round of the Patriot League Tournament for the third straight season, and will now look to newcomers Adrien Crastes, Max Garramone, and Drew Krantz to help keep the momentum moving forward.
“With a late start in the recruiting process -- I did not arrive on campus until the end of August -- I think there was some benefits in landing the incoming student-athletes,” Myers said. All had done their prior due diligence with other schools and were still searching for their ideal fit.”
Despite battling numerous injuries throughout the season, the Bison recorded 11 wins last season. It was their third straight season with double-digit victories.
The following is a closer look at each incoming player:
Adrien Crastes (London, U.K./Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (France))
Rated 3/6 in the French Tennis Rating system … qualified for the main draw of the 2017 Cap D'Agde Tournament … made the final round of the 2017 Cote d'Azur Regional Tournament … won the 2016 18u ASOA Antibes Tournament, the 2016 18u ASLM Cannes Tournament, and the 2016 18u St. Tropez Tournament … won more than 150 matches over a four-year span … avid piano player … born in Paris, France … son of Laurence and Bruno Crastes … has one older sister, Emma.
Coach Myers on Crastes -- “Adrien currently trains at the world famous Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in Nice, France, where Serena Williams, Jeremy Chardy, Marcos Baghdatis and other top professionals train. Adrien was a late recruit who knew that he wanted to combine top-level academics in a Division 1 setting. He has some strong wins recently, and I am hoping he becomes a top of the line-up player quickly. I am confident he has his priorities straight and look forward to working with him this fall.”
Max Garramone (Fort Myers, Fla./Saviano Tennis Academy)
Achieved ITF Junior national ranking of 1,296 … played throughout the country and internationally in the Caribbean and South America … born in Salt Lake City, Utah … son of Ralph Garramone and Glynn Garramone … father is a 1983 Bucknell graduate … has one older sister, Grace, and one younger brother, Oliver.
Coach Myers on Garramone -- “Max's father was a Bucknell graduate so he had some first-hand background on how special of a place Bucknell is. Max currently trains at the Saviano Tennis Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and has done so for the last five years. Saviano Academy has produced many top-ranked professional players including Sloane Stephens and Genie Bouchard both ranked in the top 30 on the WTA tour. I feel strongly that Max will immediately compete for a spot in the lineup as a freshman and will grow and improve in our system.”
Drew Krantz (Gates Mills, Ohio/University School)
First Team All-Ohio … two-time team MVP … team captain … team finished third in Division II in Ohio … also played for the Cleveland Racquet Club … son of David Krantz … has a twin brother, Tyler, that will play tennis at Colgate, and a younger brother, Spencer … cousin Yale Goldberg, played tennis at Stanford … cousin, Mark Goldberg, played tennis at Lehigh.
Coach Myers on Krantz -- “Drew has made remarkable improvement in his level of play in the past six months. He targeted Bucknell as his top choice and made an unofficial visit to campus my very first week on campus. He is a top 300 player in the country and if he continues to rapidly improve, could be one of those hidden gems every coach looks for in the recruiting process. His twin brother is committed to Colgate University so it should lead to some very exciting rivalry matchups over the next four years.”