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Troy Men’s Tennis Picks Up First Two Signees

First-year head coach Scott Kidd and the Troy men’s tennis program announced the signing of Karen Khachatryan and Juan Cruz Di Paola on Tuesday. The two will come to Troy in January as freshmen and are the first two signees by Kidd at Troy.
First-year head coach Scott Kidd and the Troy men’s tennis program announced the signing of Karen Khachatryan and Juan Cruz Di Paola on Tuesday. The two will come to Troy in January as freshmen and are the first two signees by Kidd at Troy.

Khachatryan, a native of Sofia, Bulgaria, comes to Troy as a former No. 1 ranked junior in Bulgaria. He has been ranked within the top six of Bulgaria’s junior rankings for the last nine years, spending most of the time ranked first.

"We are excited about adding Karen to our roster for the spring season,” Kidd said. “He comes with a lot of experience and expectations. He has a tremendous work ethic that will contribute so much to this men's team. His speed and consistency will make a big impact on the lineup in helping us be successful this spring. We will see great things from Karen as a freshman this season."

Di Paola, a native of Mendoza, Argentina, comes Troy after being ranked as high as No. 7 in the Argentina national rankings.

"Juan Cruz was the first recruit to sign for our new coaching staff,” Kidd said. “Juan's junior experience and success in Argentina as a top ten ranked junior will allow him to play a major role in our starting line-up in the spring season.

“His incredible work ethic on the court and ability to adapt will give him the ability to be a solid player for our team in singles and doubles. Juan is a player that we will see grow with each and every match and be a winner for us. His fight and zeal on the court will play a huge role in pushing this team forward to being successful and winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship."

The Trojans open their season January 18 at Alabama.

For more information on Troy Athletics, visit TroyTrojans.com. Fans can also find Troy on Twitter and Instagram at @TroyAthletics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TroyAthletics.


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