JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 19, 2016) – Former ETSU men’s tennis player Sander Gille has been making waves in the professional ranks as of late. Gille, who graduated from ETSU in 2012, recently picked up a singles victory over the 99th-ranked player in the world, Thiemo de Bakker, for his first career win over a player ranked in the top 200 in the world. Gille defeated Bakker, who was ranked as high as No. 44 in 2010, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (4).
“We are very proud of Sander,” ETSU Head Coach Yaser Zaatini said. “He keeps improving on the ATP circuit and proud to say that he represented ETSU for his college career. He has a career-high ranking of 238 in doubles and keeps improving. I have no doubt that he can make push soon and start playing grand slams in the near future.”
In addition to his win over Bakker, Gille has won a total of 19 titles (18 in doubles and one in singles) on the Futures tour since becoming a professional in 2013. Gille is currently ranked No. 763 in singles and No. 238 in doubles in the world rankings.
“Beating a player of his level shows great potential,” said Gille. “It emphasizes my feeling of the past few months that I am truly improving and taking big steps forward. Both physically and mentally I am in great shape, which gives me great confidence for my upcoming tournaments.”
Gille’s future plans include competing on the Challenger tour as early as this June.
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