Adam Yu (‘19) commits to TCNJ for tennis


Courtesy of Dakota Rosen ('19)

Yu (’19) prepares his stance as he prepares to hit a tennis ball.

Adam Yu (‘19) committed to The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) to play tennis earlier this month. The Cherry Hill East tennis standout started playing in tennis tournaments when he was just nine years old. Soon after, he competed in national and international tournaments. He credits his dad for his love of tennis.

“He really motivated me to take up [tennis]…It was probably the greatest decision I’ve ever made,” said Yu.

Yu plays First Singles for East. As a freshman, Yu made a promise that he would try to bring a title back to East. In Yu’s first three years at East, the team lost in the finals.

“I’m just really trying to make a difference this year and come in and not let the past get in our head and hopefully bring a title back to East,” Yu said.

This season, Yu was named co-captain. He said he’s looking forward to leading his younger teammates to a hopeful title.

Yu loves being alone on the court without coaching; however, he does appreciate the team aspect of high school tennis.

“I definitely love playing on a team… You’re not necessarily playing for yourself, but for the people around you,” Yu said.

Last spring, the coach of TCNJ contacted Yu and expressed interest in him. He was interested in Yu’s athletic and academic ability.

“A lot of college coaches when they contact student-athletes pretty much just stress the athletics and that’s something that I wasn’t looking for,” said Yu.

Yu was looking for a college that provided a balance between athletics and academics. He also knew a lot of the players on the current TCNJ tennis team.

Yu also talked to Rider University, but he said he wanted a school that put a heavy emphasis on academics.

TCNJ is located in Ewing, New Jersey. It is about 45 minutes away from East.

Get ready to see Yu compete as he dons TCNJ’s blue and gold next season.