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The transfer market has come up with some real dandies for the men of the hard court. This summer Michigan welcomes two nationally-ranked singles players to the men's tennis team: Vlad Stefan, formerly of Maryland; and Spencer Newman, formerly of Florida. Both players will be eligible to play in varsity men's tennis matches for Michigan in 2012-13, Stefan as a sophomore and Newman as a junior.
Vlad Stefan is the latest in a long line of Balkan tennis players to take the court for Michigan, the last headliner being of course Matko Maravic. The Romanian native posted a 20-11 record in singles for Maryland this past season as a true freshman, including significant playing time on 2 court. At present Stefan is ranked #97 in ITA men's singles rankings. Stefan will likely compete with Zhu for 3 court honors. It is unfortunate that Maryland is cutting so many varsity sports, including its men's tennis program, but their loss is Michigan's windfall.
Spencer Newman was a fine singles player for Florida through two seasons, posting a 32-9 record. He is ranked #65 at present, which will make him very strong competition for 2 court assuming Petrone continues his upward trajectory.