As the 2022-23 college tennis season gets officially underway, some of the sport’s brightest incoming stars have left their mark in the final Junior Grand Slam Championship, as Ozan Baris (Michigan State) and Nishesh Basavareddy (Stanford) win the Boy’s Doubles Title, while Diana Shnaider (NC State) and partner Lucie Havlickova take home the Girl’s Doubles Title.
With Basavreddy (No. 2) and Shnaider (No. 1), both featured in the Sep. 6th ITA Collegiate Tennis Newcomer Rankings sponsored by Tennis-Point, all three of these players will look to make an instant impact for their schools in the 2022-23 season.
In the Boy’s Doubles Final, Baris and Basavareddy took less than one hour to take down Dylan Dietrich and Juan Carlos Prado Angelo, as the duo who have been playing together on and off since the age of eight, take home their first Grand Slam Title.
Baris, who has already enrolled at Michigan State, was a blue-chip recruit according to the TennisRecruiting Network and is the highest-rated recruit to ever sign with the Spartans.
The native of Okemos, Michigan has had a great 2022 season, as in addition to the Boy’s Doubles Title at the US Open, he finished third in the 18U USTA Singles National Championship, while reaching the Quarterfinals at the French and Australian Open in Doubles earlier this year.
For Basavareddy, who is set to join Stanford this fall, enters college as another blue-chip recruit who has built an impressive resume over his juniors career.
The native of Carmel, Indiana has a career high ITF Juniors Ranking of No. 5 and is a key part of the Cardinal top-ranked recruiting class in 2022. Basavareddy earned his first ATP Tour Points in 2022, and has won three Junior Tournaments already in 2022.
In the Girl’s Doubles Final, Shnaider continued to shine on the brightest stages, as her and partner Havlickova won 6-3, 6-2 over the German duo of Caroline Kuhl and Ella Seidel.
Shnaider, who comes into college as the highest-rated recruit ever to sign with the Wolfpack, claims her third Junior Grand Slam Title as she won the 2021 Wimbledon Doubles Title and the 2022 Australian Open Title in addition to the US Open Title this past week.
From Moscow, Russia, Shnaider has achieved a personal-best ITF Juniors combined ranking of No. 2 and is currently No. 246 in Singles and No. 325 in Doubles in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Rankings.