Men's Tennis Adds Dennis Uspensky to 2017-18 Roster

Dennis Uspensky (Photo by US Open)
June 9, 2017

MALIBU, Calif. – Head Coach Marcelo Ferreira and the Pepperdine men’s tennis team announced the signing of Dennis Uspensky to the 2017-18 roster on Friday afternoon. 

"I could not be more excited to be announcing the addition of Dennis Uspensky to our roster this fall,” said Ferreira.  “Dennis possesses all the skills to be an amazing leader on and off the court and has also proven to be a great college tennis player over the past two years representing a team that has consistently ranked in the top 5 in the country.

"The experience Dennis is bringing to our program is priceless. Not only he had a lot of success as a junior being ranked among the 50 best players in the world as well as achieving some success playing on the professional tour, but also as a college player he has had the chance to compete against the best teams and players in the NCAA Division I and succeeded.

"His impact in our singles and doubles lineup will be immediate. He holds an incredible record in singles and doubles over the past two years and I can't wait to watch him winning matches for the Waves. I am honored that he chose me to be his leader and Pepperdine to be his new home."

Uspensky, originally from Atlantic Beach, N.Y., spent the last two seasons as a key component of No. 2 Wake Forest’s program.  Throughout his two-year career with the Demon Deacons thus far, he tabbed a 50-16 overall singles record.  In the most recent 2017 campaign, WF entered the NCAA Championships as the top-ranked team after producing a 30-3 overall record throughout the campaign.  Uspensky helped the effort with a 23-11 overall singles record and a 20-6 dual singles output.  He posted a 7-2 record from the No. 4 position and an 11-3 record from the No. 5 position for the Demon Deacons.  In doubles action, he posted a 23-9 overall record and a 21-7 dual output, while tabbing a 20-7 dual record from the No. 3 position.

In his freshman season, Uspensky earned ACC Tournament MVP honors on the court and All-ACC Academic team honors in the classroom.  He went 27-5 in singles and 23-6 in doubles throughout the spring season.

I could not be more appreciative of Pepperdine accepting me as one of their own, and I thank my future family in advance,” said Uspensky.  “Joining Pepperdine is an absolute privilege and I cannot wait to commence.  One of the main reasons that really inclined me to become part of the Wave family is to experience being part of a team that not only will have each other’s backs on the tennis court, but outside of it. This is a true privilege, and I am extremely grateful for it.

“Being able to take my tennis game to new heights, while also being able to have the luxury of attending an amazing school like Pepperdine is just one of the many reasons for my desire to become part of this great program.  Being part of an amazing community, attending school on a beautiful campus, and building lasting relationships with my teammates and classmates are all aspects that I think will excel for me here at Pepperdine.  I am extremely excited to join Coach Ferreira and the Pepperdine Waves this fall semester, and to bring our tennis program to new heights. Go Waves!”

He currently has an ATP posting of 1285 in singles and 878 in doubles, with a career-high ranking of 1021 and a career-high doubles ranking of 853.  Uspensky comes to Pepperdine with an ITF ranking of No. 54 in the world and a UTR of 14.00.  On professional courts, Uspensky was the doubles champion at the ITF Future in Ourense, Spain, a doubles finalist at the ITF Future in Winston Salem, N.C., the ITF Future in Xativa, Spain and the ITF Future in Puerto de la Cruz, Spain.  He was a singles quarterfinalist of the ITF Future in Pittsburg, Penn. And the ITF Future in Sunrise, Fla. 

In Juniors action, Uspensky was the singles champion of the ITF G2 in Villach, Austria and a singles finalist at the ITF G1 in Linz, Austria, the ITF G2 in Salsomaggiore, Italy, the ITF G2 in Budapest, Hungary and the ITF G3 in Oujda, Morocco.  He was also a doubles finalist at the ITF G2 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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