In the press release four years ago that announced he would play his collegiate tennis at the University of Virginia, Alex Domijan declared, “My goal is to become a top [Association of Tennis Professionals] tour professional in the near future.”
Certainly, that was more than just youthful bluster. He arrived on Grounds as the top-ranked American player to enter college that fall, and there is ample precedent for making the leap from U.Va.’s national powerhouse program to the ATP tour, including past NCAA champions-turned-successful pros Brian Vahaly and Somdev Devvarman.
And since coming to U.Va., Domijan, a 6-foot-7, 225-pounder with the huge serve, has only burnished his pro credentials while leading the Cavaliers to the 2013 national championship (and another shot at it this year, as the Cavaliers begin NCAA Tournament play May 10). Ranked the No. 14 singles player in the country, he has won 24 of his 25 singles matches this season, including all 13 that he’s played as the team’s No. 1 seed, and is 20-2 in doubles play.
That only made it more stunning when Domijan, who’s from Wesley Chapel, Florida,, announced last month that his future plans had changed.
After graduating May 18 and completing NCAA Tournament play, he will put away his tennis racket and enroll in the U.S. Navy, with the goal of joining the elite Navy SEALs.