Following a stellar career playing Division I college tennis for the University of Michigan, JTCC alumnus Andrew Fenty has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Universal Tennis Foundation Hurd Award providing him with a $100,000 grant to cover expenses as he launches his professional tennis career.
The Universal Tennis Hurd Awards are presented annually to two American intercollegiate stars –one male and one female — to support their aspirations and goal of transitioning from college to elite international tennis competition.
Winning the award with Peyton Stearns, a three-time All-American who led the Texas Longhorns to the 2021 and 2022 NCAA Team Championships titles, Fenty expressed gratitude after receiving the news.
“This is life-changing. I’ve got no words. I’m just soaking it all in,” Fenty remarked. “This is something that will change my life, and I’m just super honored to have this opportunity, and I just want to do my best.”
Currently ranked #9 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles and doubles rankings, Fenty is the winningest player in the Wolverines program history and a two-time All-America selection.
Fenty began training at JTCC in 2007 and frequently returns during the summer and offseason.
“We are proud of what Andrew has accomplished and achieved,” JTCC President Vesa Ponkka said. “The money is great, but knowing that people believe in you and think you have a chance to make an impact on the pro tour is invaluable to young players. This award will give Andrew an outstanding opportunity to take his game to the next level.”