Ferreira Signs Yusuf Khamis for 2017-18 Season

Yusuf Khamis (Photo provided by Khamis)
June 14, 2017

MALIBU, Calif. -- Head Coach Marcelo Ferreira and the Pepperdine men's tennis team announced the signing of Yusuf Khamis to the 2017-18 roster on Wednesday afternoon. 

"Yusuf is an incredible kid who identified with the culture of our program and Pepperdine's mission from the beginning," said Ferreira.  "He will be a perfect fit for our team and will help us achieve all of our goals on and off the tennis court.

"Yusuf will strongly impact our singles and doubles lineup right away. He brings a wealth of international experience being ranked among the best junior players in the world. His competitiveness and athleticism are what caught my attention at first. Yusuf is a fierce competitor and loves to fight for every single point. He has the perfect makeup to become a great college tennis player. I can't wait to have him on campus and get to work."

Khamis, originally from Cairo, Egypt, graduated from American City College in Cairo in 2017 and has a UTR of 13.72.  He won the African Junior Championships for Egypt under 16 in Pretoria, South Africa, reached the finals of the African Junior Championships under 18 in Tunis, Tunisia and played and qualified for the Junior Davis Cup with his Egyptian teammates.  He was the singles champion of the ITF G5 in Manama, Bahrain and the ITF G4 in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates and the singles and doubles champion of ITF G5 in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.  He was a singles finalist at the ITF G5 in Hawaii, Kuwait and a semifinalist of ITF G2 in Cairo, Egypt.

"One of the main reasons why I decided to come to Pepperdine is the relationship I was able to establish with Coach Ferreira," said Khamis.  "I always felt so comfortable talking to him.  He didn't talk about tennis, results and scholarship offers as much as he talked about Pepperdine's mission, what he was looking for in a player and he tried to get to know me and my family so much. His recruiting approach made the process so much easier and it was easy to make the decision."

Throughout his junior career, Khamis has amassed a career-high ITF world junior ranking of 120.  His current combined ranking stands at No. 154 as posted on June 5.  In singles, he has amassed a 40-24 junior's career singles and has picked up 19 wins in doubles matches.

"Another major reason why I chose Pepperdine is because of the team culture and philosophy," said Khamis.  "The way coaches motivate the players and how each guy fights for each other and treats one another like family.  That was so attractive to me.  Coach Ferreira wants to win a national championship by working the guys hard and getting them to embrace Pepperdine and each other and I really want to be part of something that special.  I can't wait to help my teammates achieve our goals and get Pepperdine back to top 10 in the country.  GO WAVES."

He also played soccer in high school and reached the finals of the Egyptian High School's Cup during his years on the pitch.

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