COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State director of tennis Ty Tucker has announced the signing of Top 15 recruit Bryce Nakashima to a national letter of intent.
A San Diego, Calif, native, Nakashima had a great 2022, reaching the doubles finals at a pair of professional events and was a main draw participant at the US Open juniors. He won the doubles title at the 15K event in Cancun in March and finished runner-up at the 15K in Lakewood, Calif., in July ahead of his run at the US Open juniors.
“We are so excited to have Bryce join the Buckeyes,” said Tucker. “He has continued to impress us with his work ethic, and the jumps he is making in his game. He will have an immediate impact on the court for Ohio State. Bryce wants to play at the highest level, and the staff can’t wait to start working with him to help him reach those goals.”
Nakashima owns ATP rankings in both singles and doubles, with career highs of 822 in doubles and 1300 in singles. He was ranked as high as No. 9 among American juniors, and he also has a current UTR of 13.22. Bryce began his training with Angel Lopez and has also worked extensively with Sebastian Bader since he was 14 and he credits Bader for having a big impact on his game. He is currently working with Christian Groh.
Bryce said he selected Ohio State “because of the elite program as well as the coaches who are dedicated and committed in his development and helping him achieve his tennis goals and professional aspirations.”
Nakashima’s parents Wes and Christina have raised a pair of tennis standouts. Bryce’s older brother Brandon is one of the top rising American stars in the game as he broke into the Top 50 in the world this fall.