Boitan to WFU

tennisfan17

Professional
Saw him in the transfer portal and was listed as “do not contact”… interesting times. Wonder if he’ll actually play or do a JPJ/Tien stint where he misses half the season. Does this make wake forest a better contender this season?
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
Saw him in the transfer portal and was listed as “do not contact”… interesting times. Wonder if he’ll actually play or do a JPJ/Tien stint where he misses half the season. Does this make wake forest a better contender this season?
I would imagine most teams would get better bringing on a 24 year old ATP pro ranked 400s in the world, yes :)
 

andfor

Legend
Would like to hear the details around getting this guy through all the compliance hurdles. More curious than anything for me.

I can only imagine the historical detail needed to clear the NCAA must be enormous. Did he never take prize money, if he did take prize money did he clear more than $10K in winnings per year, if he did was in repaid, all the receipt documentation, did he serve military, missionary work, etc?
 

tennisfan17

Professional
Would like to hear the details around getting this guy through all the compliance hurdles. More curious than anything for me.

I can only imagine the historical detail needed to clear the NCAA must be enormous. Did he never take prize money, if he did take prize money did he clear more than $10K in winnings per year, if he did was in repaid, all the receipt documentation, did he serve military, missionary work, etc?
Agree with this. This is the most interesting part to me. I know Boitan has been ~good~ as a pro but nothing standout. Maybe he thought another year of college would of been helpful?
Bresky must have that Roditi confidence on Boitan being eligible.
 

andfor

Legend
Agree with this. This is the most interesting part to me. I know Boitan has been ~good~ as a pro but nothing standout. Maybe he thought another year of college would of been helpful?
Bresky must have that Roditi confidence on Boitan being eligible.
Just a wild guess, but I got to figure the guy has already started college, and he's going to use whatever time he spends at WFU to continue progress towards a degree. Get's to continue playing high level tennis while in college, it's a double win for him.
 

tennisfan17

Professional
Just a wild guess, but I got to figure the guy has already started college, and he's going to use whatever time he spends at WFU to continue progress towards a degree. Get's to continue playing high level tennis while in college, it's a double win for him.
Makes a lot of sense.
I'll be interested in seeing how it all shakes out
 

JLyon

Hall of Fame
not sure how he clears anything, but I recently saw the NCAA just granted a FB player at Miami, FL a 9th year of eligibility, so anything is possible. Hope he has the receipts to back up the Pro Money made
 

scmyers

New User
And on the other end of the spectrum, you have 17 yr old Trevor Svjada showing up early for spring '24 at SMU. Has a similar UTR to Boitan and has been competing in Futures this past year with some success. He also beat Basavareddy of Stanford in the USTA 18's semi's before losing to Tien in the final. That would be quite and age gap if they were to play a college match against each other!
 
In my research, I see no issues with Boitan nor Johns being eligible. Boitan started 2019 (1), lost 2020 due to covid, played 2021 (2), 2022 (3). 2023 would be a "redshirt", so coming back for 2024 would actually be his last year of eligibility. Johns started in 2020 (lost to Covid) so 2024 would be his 4th and final year

The rules are pretty clear for student-athletes who have already started college can accept any amount of prize money provided the total amount is spent towards actual and necessary expenses associated with outside tournament participation by the conclusion of the current calendar year.

Boitan has earned a shade over 21k USD so far this year in prize money and guy has crossed the Atlantic twice in each direction while playing 24 tournaments so it is very very likely he has incurred more expenses than his prize money, thus satisfying NCAA rules; Johns has earned right about 20k so far this year in prize money, playing in three different continents, likely easily satisfying NCAA rules
 

mikej

Hall of Fame
In my research, I see no issues with Boitan nor Johns being eligible. Boitan started 2019 (1), lost 2020 due to covid, played 2021 (2), 2022 (3). 2023 would be a "redshirt", so coming back for 2024 would actually be his last year of eligibility. Johns started in 2020 (lost to Covid) so 2024 would be his 4th and final year

The rules are pretty clear for student-athletes who have already started college can accept any amount of prize money provided the total amount is spent towards actual and necessary expenses associated with outside tournament participation by the conclusion of the current calendar year.

Boitan has earned a shade over 21k USD so far this year in prize money and guy has crossed the Atlantic twice in each direction while playing 24 tournaments so it is very very likely he has incurred more expenses than his prize money, thus satisfying NCAA rules; Johns has earned right about 20k so far this year in prize money, playing in three different continents, likely easily satisfying NCAA rules
fair enough

yeah, i'll be glad when the lost Covid year is a thing of the past, ie not relevant to any active college athletes

college athletics allows too much of an age gap to begin with, and Covid year only exacerbated that
 

Don Felder

Semi-Pro
I saw this guy play in the Cleveland challenger in January. He’s not very good, lol.

What upside could there possibly be in doing this for him? What a waste of money.
 
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