Wilson ITA Coach of the Year

Mark Bohren | Azusa Pacific University

Bohren led the Cougars to their best regular season in program history, as Azusa Pacific went undefeated for the first time in program history with a 19-0 record. The undefeated season earned the Cougars’ the No. 1-seed at the PacWest Tournament, where Azusa Pacific went on to win its third-consecutive conference title. Under Bohren’s leadership this season, the Cougars had Elias Emilio Walter named the PacWest Player of the Year, Soeren Grandke was the Freshman of the Year, and the Cougars had two athletes named All-PacWest First Team in both singles and doubles.

ITA Assistant Coach of the Year

Vinicius Oliveira | Midwestern State University

Vinicius Oliveira has done a excellent job of transitioning from Our Lady of the Lake to Graduate Assistant for the MSU-Texas Men’s Tennis Program. He has coached this team to #18 in the Nation currently (and as high as #14). The team is currently 14-9 (6-8 vs. Nationally Ranked Opponents) and went 7-1 as the Co-Lone Star Conference Champions this season. Vinicius has been in charge of so many items for this program on and off the court (Team GPA is currently 3.58 and they have done 268 hours of community service this year).

ITA Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship

Charlie Putrino III | Rollins College

Charlie Putrino III’s accomplishments are numerous, yet his leadership skills, and his selfless attitude is even more abundant. Charlie has battled back from a torn labrum in his hip during the 2021-2022 season, Charlie refused to quit the season stating, “If it helps the team culture to have me out there, I am playing.” He was adamant then about doing whatever he could to help the team, even when it meant personally suffering and he is no different now. Charlie played on yet another torn labrum in his other hip this year. Charlie’s accomplishments include being a two year captain of the men’s tennis team, President of his graduate school class, Vice President for the School of Crummer Finance Organization, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and Graduate GPA of 3.99 at the Rollins Crummer School, the No. 1 ranked MBA program in the south. He was the President of his graduate school class and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

ITA Rookie of the Year

Alex Benichou Blanchard | Mississippi College

Alex Benichou Blanchard climbed to No. 3 in the ITA national rankings during his first season at Mississippi College. He recorded an overall record of 18-5 and was the GSC Rookie and Player of the Year. Alex portrays outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, which can be seen when he’s gone to every women’s match and is always the first player to practice and last to leave.

ITA Most Improved Player

Esunge Ndumbe | Ferris State University

Esunge Ndumbe joined the Ferris State Men’s Tennis team in January of 2023. Last year, he played #6 singles but this year, he came in ready to play higher and has shown why. He started the season at #3 but quickly moved up to #1 singles, posting a 20-6 record in singles and 14-8 in doubles, with 4 of his 6 losses being against Top 20 nationally ranked players and 2 of his wins being over Top 10 nationally ranked players. Capping of his improvements, he won his #1 singles match in the conference tournament against the #5 ranked singles player in the country. All this while being a great young man who is the most committed student athlete to campus and community service.

ITA Senior Player of the Year

Tom Zeuch | University of Indianapolis

Tom Zeuch had a stellar season this year. He was runner-up at the ITA Cup in Rome this past fall. He became #1 player in the country and stayed at that spot all spring season. With partner Mathieu Derrache, Tom reached the #1 ranking in doubles. Tom has been just a force for the UIndy Men’s Tennis program and has been the flagship of UIndy Tennis with his sportsmanship and character. Tom is graduating with a Masters in Sports Management.

ITA Player to Watch

Baptiste Mercier | Flagler College

Baptiste Mercier went 30-9 in singles, 15-3 in dual matches, and 23-5 in doubles, 13-2 in dual matches. He won the ITA Cup in singles and was a finalist at the ITA Regionals in singles. He ranked as high as No. 9 nationally in singles and No. 46 nationally in doubles. Mercier was the No. 1 ranked player in the region in singles this season, beating opponents such as Tom Zeuch, Takeshi Taco, Chris Fok-Kow, Esunge Ndumbe, and Germano Setti.

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