Patton announced the signing of standout Filipp Pogostkin from Bellevue, Washington yesterday to a national letter of intent. According to Patton, Pogostkin is a tough, physical player who is expected to make an impact on the future of Bronco tennis.
"I'm a big believer in buying locally and Filipp is by far the best product in the western United States," said Patton. "He is a talented young player who will help carry on the tradition we have been building at Boise State, as well as, help keep us at the mountain top of collegiate tennis."
Pogostkin is currently the number one ranked player in the state of Washington and the Intermountain Region. He has been ranked as high as 18th in the country and is considered one of the top recruits in the United States according to tennisrecruiting.net. Pogostkin has defeated the nation's number one player in the class of 2011, who is also ranked 40th in the world by the Interional Tennis Federation. He also defeated former Bronco Clancy Shields yesterday afternoon 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Washington State Open.
It is no secret that Patton is shooting for a national championship and Pogostkin will be one of the building blocks towards making that happen. The Broncos cracked the Sweet Sixteen last year for the second time in school history and are now just a couple more players of Pogostkin's ability from being a legitimate title contender.
Moodie and partner Dick Norman were knocked off earlier this year in Moodie's attempt at a second Grand Slam title in Paris, France at the French Open. Moodie and Norman captured the first set 6-3 at Roland Garros before falling 6-3, 6-2 in the final two sets to Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes.
Moodie, whose career earnings are approaching $2 million, transferred from Auburn to Boise State in 1998, a year after Patton and the Broncos climbed as high as #2 in the country and reached the national quarterfinals.
Moodie has won one singles title and eleven doubles championships in his nine-year career, including the 2005 Wimbledon Championship. He reached the third round of Wimbledon as a singles player in 2003, losing to Sebastien Grosjean, whom he beat later that year. He also qualified for Wimbledon in 2004 and 2006 in singles, reached the third round of the U.S. Open in 2006 and played in 2003 and 2005, played in the Australian Open in 2004 and 2006 and the French Open in 2006.
Besides the Wimbledon Championship in 2005, Moodie reached the third round of Wimbledon in 2006 and 2007 and the second round last year, the third round of the Australian Open in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and qualified last year, qualified for the U.S. Open in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and played in the Roland Garros in 2006-2008.
With that international publicity, it is likely that Patton and the Broncos will continue to benefit.