Nationally ranked tennis star Ryan Lipman picks Vanderbilt

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 1:04am

Nationally ranked junior tennis standout Ryan Lipman of Nashville announced Tuesday that he would sign with Vanderbilt.

Lipman has competed in the highest level of boys junior tennis, has won two tournaments recently in Atlanta, and is ranked No. 12 in USTA Boys 18-under.

“Vanderbilt was the school I was most comfortable with all along,’’ Lipman said Tuesday. “It just felt right. I know the players on the team, and they are all really top-notch guys who I really got along with.’’

Asked if he had spoken to coach Ian Duvenhage about where he might possibly play in the lineup, Lipman said, “No, it’s really too far off to discuss that. I just went on and made up my mind, so as to get the monkey off my back and not have to spend all next year trying to narrow things down.’’

Lipman, who is home-schooled, has one more year of high school studies and will enter Vanderbilt in the fall of 2009.

He said the final five schools he narrowed he decision down to were Vanderbilt, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Virginia, where his good friend Houston Barrick plays.

Lipman has consistently been ranked in the top 30 nationally in tennis all through his junior years. Recently, he won the National Open Boys 18s singles title in Atlanta, was a finalist in the Peach State Classic and won the Lexington Nationals.

Lipman has competed in the Kalamazoo Nationals (ages 16s and 18s), the junior equivalent of the U.S. Open each year.

He is the son of Howard Lipman and the former Lisa Tamborello, a four-year Vanderbilt letterman in women’s tennis and a two-time Texas high school state doubles champion.

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