November 16, 2021

Tucker Announces Signing of Anthrop and Stearns


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The already successful fall for Ohio State men’s tennis got even better this week as director of tennis Ty Tucker announced the signing of two high level recruits in the 2022 class. Jack Anthrop and Preston Stearns have each signed national letters of intent and Anthrop will join the program for the second semester in January while Stearns will join next fall.

Anthrop is the No. 4 overall recruit in the class. The Orlando, Fla., native was the top-ranked player in the USTA Boys 14 and 16 rankings and rose to as high as No. 17 in the ITF world junior rankings. He is a five-time ITF singles champion and has reached the semifinals two other times. He’s also won a pair of ITF doubles titles. In 2019, Anthrop was a semifinalist at the 16s Orange Bowl and won the 16s Eddie Herr. This past summer, he competed in both the US Open and French Open juniors. Jack is the son of Don and Heather Anthrop.

“It is nice to have Jack officially sign the papers,” said Tucker. “He has been committed for so long and we can’t wait to start coaching him. This young man has competed around the world and has won titles. You do not get lucky and find yourself at No. 17 in the world junior rankings. Jack can flat out play. I have had a great time getting to know the Anthrop family and look for Jack to help Ohio State Tennis reach the top of the college game.”

Stearns is from Mason, Ohio and is the top-ranked player in Ohio and the No. 24 overall recruit in the class. He won a doubles state title as a freshman at St. Xavier High School. Stearns has a career-high ranking of 186 in the ITF junior rankings and he has a pair of ITF singles titles as well as a doubles crown. He owns a UTR of 12.3 and reached the semifinals of the Boys 18s Clay Court Nationals doubles draw this past summer. Preston is the son of Mike and Denise Stearns and he has a sister Peyton.

“Preston is a very athletic lefty with great potential,” Tucker said. “It is hard to say that a guy is underrated when he is ranked No. 24 in America. This is the case with Preston as I think his best tennis is in front of him. He has shown incredible work ethic and desire when it comes to his tennis. The Stearns family is an extremely competitive tennis family. His sister Peyton is an All-American at Texas and I know Preston wants to match that. We were impressed by the way he trained and competed during the recruiting process, and we’re excited to start working with him.”