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Incoming Tennis Recruit Garners First Professional Ranking

June 7, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Incoming Tennis Recruit Garners First Professional Ranking

Chase Burton, an incoming freshman men's tennis player, received his first professional tennis ranking on Monday, as he is currently ranked No. 1747 in the latest ATP World Tour rankings.

Burton is the first tennis player in program history to be ranked in the ATP World Tour rankings.

The native of Naples, Fla., recently participated in a pair of professional events in Israel, helping Burton garner this ATP World Tour ranking. He posted three victories in the qualifying rounds and one win in the event's main draw.

Burton's four victories during the Israel F7 Futures Tournament included victories over Israel's Guy Michelevitz and the United States' Quinton Vega, who are both currently ranked in the latest ATP World Tour ranking.

When Flames' Head Coach Chris Johnson inked Burton to a national letter of intent in May, the right-handed tennis player was listed as a five-star athlete for the majority of the last four years according to Tennisrecruiting.net, with a high of No. 52 nationally.

In addition to his singles results, Burton has been the USTA Florida state doubles champion and also the American Cup doubles champion among other accomplishments.

In the fall, Burton will join Liberty's roster that features Sam Matheson, who is coming off an historic individual season. The junior, who was named the Big South Player of the Year, individually qualified for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship and finished the year ranked No. 99 in the country in the ITA Rankings, both first accomplishments in program history.