MISSOULA — With four seniors departing this year’s team that played for a Big Sky Conference championship last month, the Montana men's tennis team has reloaded.
Set to join the program are Finn Anderson, a Whitefish native who returns to Montana as a three-star prospect after playing his high school tennis in Florida, and Pontus Hallgren, younger brother of current Griz sophomore Ludvig Hallgren, out of Stockholm, Sweden.
Also coming to Missoula in the fall are Edward Pudney, a former schools national champion in the U.K.; Oisín Shaffrey, a national doubles finalist from Dublin, Ireland; and Jack Yount, a four-time first-team all-conference player from Wenatchee, Washington.
Anderson - whose 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame would be imposing on a football field let alone a tennis court - won the 2017 Florida state championship and was a two-time runner-up in one of the most talent-rich states in the nation.
Hallgren comes to Missoula with perhaps even more accolades than his older brother, as a winner of both the senior and U-21 draws in the 2018 doubles regional championship and has been ranked in Sweden’s top-10 for his age group since he was 15 years old.
Pudney comes to Missoula from Southend-on-Sea, England, situated at the mouth of the River Thames on the English Channel, east of London.
The highest-ranked recruit in the class, Pudney started the year as the world’s No. 933 ranked U-18 player after winning the English schools national championship in 2017.