Brayden Schnur Leaving UNC for Professional Tennis
Brayden Schnur will forego his senior season playing tennis at UNC to pursue a professional tennis career.
Schnur made the announcement on Twitter and on Monday the university sent a release calling Schnur “one of the greatest players in North Carolina men’s tennis history.”
— Brayden Schnur (@brayschnur) July 22, 2016
The Ontario native was the 2014 ITA National Rookie of the Year and Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. That season Schnur also became the first Tar Heel freshman to earn All-America honors in more than 20 years. Schnur went on to be named All-America and All-ACC during his sophomore and junior campaigns as well.
Schnur won the USTA/ITA National Indoor Collegiate Championship as a sophomore.
UNC men’s tennis coach Sam Paul released a statement regarding Schnur’s choice to leave UNC early.
“We support Brayden 100 percent in his decision. He is unquestionably one of the greatest players in program history. It was an honor to coach him and we look forward to following his career. Brayden had unprecedented success in his time at UNC. No other player I’ve coached in 27 years at Carolina had as many accolades.”
Schnur is scheduled to play this week in the National Bank Challenger Gatineau.
Schnur is the second UNC tennis star to leave school early in as many years. After winning the 2015 women’s singles title as a sophomoore, Jamie Loeb opted to turn her attention to a professional tennis career.