DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men's tennis head coach Ramsey Smith announced Monday the signing of Robert Maciag to the class of 2022. Maciag will enroll at Duke in August of 2018 and join the Blue Devils for the 2018-19 season.
“Jonathan [Stokke] and I are thrilled to welcome Robert to the Duke tennis family,” Smith said. “Robert is a worker who has excelled on the tennis court and in the classroom throughout his junior career. I can’t wait for Robert to put the Duke ‘Iron D’ on his chest and start competing for Duke!”
Maciag is a Sterling, Va., product and a blue chip prospect. He has been as high as No. 13 in the TennisRecruiting.net national rankings and currently stands No. 22.
“To me, Duke felt like home," Maciag said. "If at times it looks like the students here are struggling, it’s because they are learning. If at times it looks like the student-athletes here are tired, you can be sure they’ll be stronger tomorrow. I knew Duke was the right school for me because the coaches understand the hard work and sacrifice that comes with success. In the end, it was the environment that brought me to Duke. I can’t wait for what the next four years have in store for me."
Maciag currently owns a TennisRPI ranking of 20 and was as high as No. 7 in the ledger during 2016. He is the No. 1 prospect in Virginia according to TennisRecruiting.net. He is ranked 12th overall in the boys 18s USTA rankings.
In July of 2017, Maciag played in the Metropolia USTA Boy’s National Clay Court Tournament in Delray Beach, Fla., and advanced to the quarterfinals behind four consecutive victories. He did the same in the May, 2017, USTA Master’s Championship Super 660 in Washington, D.C.
During the summer of 2016, Maciag won six matches to finish third at USTA Hard Court Championship in Kalamazoo, Mich., while also reaching the finals of doubles in the boys 16s division. Maciag also won six matches to reach the finals of the Boys’ 18 Singles 2017 USTA Winter National Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“Robert is a gritty competitor and great athlete who can cover a lot of ground and make things difficult for his opponents,” Smith added. “Bear Schofield has done a fantastic job developing Robert’s foundation. I strongly feel Robert’s game is ready to take off at the collegiate level. He won a silver ball at the Winter Nationals and picked up silver and bronze balls at Kalamazoo, showing he can play his best when the stakes are highest in the big events. Robert is going to thrive in the college tennis format and our team atmosphere.”