Baylor Director of Tennis and Head Men’s Tennis Coach Brian Boland announced the addition of freshman Finn Bass to the 2018-19 roster Tuesday morning.
Finn Bass, a London, England native, will join the team in January.
“I am so excited to announce that Finn Bass has decided to join the Baylor Bears for the upcoming season,” Boland said. “Finn is undoubtedly one of the top juniors in the world, and he has already had success competing on the professional circuit. Finn aspires to develop his tennis and play at the highest level of the professional game. He is also a serious student who values the opportunity to continue his education while he pursues his dream of playing professionally.”
Bass achieved a career-high ITF junior ranking of 44 while playing in several junior Grand Slams and reaching the Australian Open junior doubles quarterfinals.
The London native won national titles at the 12U and 14U age groups, including a runner-up finish in the 16U group at age 14. He has represented his country on several occasions, including qualifying with the 18U team for the World Championships in 2016.
Bass has served as a hitting partner with several professional tennis players, including Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Gaël Monfils, Gilles Simon and was Andy Murray’s hitting partner during his run to the 2016 Wimbledon title.
“Finn is not only a great player, but he is clearly someone that wants to be part of a team and everyone is so excited that he has decided to join our program,” Boland said. “He has the work ethic, character, and resiliency to make an immediate and long-term impact on our program and the entire Baylor community. I am honored to welcome Finn and his entire family to Baylor.”
Travelling the world since he was 12, Bass has played piano since age five and is learning to play the guitar.
Bass will enter a BU program that has won 13 Big 12 Conference regular season titles and eight tournament crowns over the 22-year history of the league. The Bears begin their first season under four-time national championship coach Brian Boland, who was announced as the program’s ninth head coach on May 24. He joins eight returning letterwinners and newcomer Kyrylo Tsygura.