CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina men's tennis program has signed Brayden Schnur to a National Letter of Intent for the 2013-2014 school year. Schnur is from Ontario, Canada, but resides at the Canadian National Training Center in Montreal, Quebec. Over the last several years he has established himself as one of the elite tennis players in the world under the age of 18.
Schnur represented Canada in Junior Davis Cup in both the under 14 and 16 age groups. He won the Canadian National Championships in singles and doubles in the boys' 16's and was a finalist in the boys' 18's. Earlier this year, he reached his highest ITF junior world ranking of 26th. He has multiple wins over the world's best juniors including a win over the fourth-ranked player in the world. He participated in the 2012 Junior U.S. Open, and the main draw of the 2013 Junior Australian Open.
Schnur qualified for his first professional ITF futures event at the age of 15. In 2013, he picked up his first ATP point by defeating the 329th player in the world. He also reached the semifinals of a futures event in doubles, defeating the No. 2 seed along the way.
"I decided to choose The University of North Carolina because they have an excellent athletic program, allowing me to train and prepare for my future on the pro tour while getting an amazing degree," Schnur said. "They have an amazing coaching staff with Coach Phillips and Coach Paul both having considerable experience with playing and coaching players on the pro tour. After being on my visit, I just knew that UNC was a place that I could call home.""We could not be more excited to have Brayden join our program," said Carolina head coach Sam Paul. "He is an incredibly talented young man whose work ethic will be contagious. He has very big goals for himself in his tennis career and in the classroom, and we look forward to helping him reach all of those goals. Brayden is a fantastic addition to our team, and he will have a tremendous impact on our program."