Fall Signing Week '13: Texan John Mee Stays In-State
by Ali Jones
, 15 November 2013
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John Mee is no stranger to Longhorn country, having grown up in Dallas and spending many tournament weekends in Austin. After a college search that took him to Illinois, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Arkansas, he has decided that Austin is where he wants to be for the next four years.
Mee has committed to play for the University of Texas
"It was just a perfect fit," he said. "Coach [Michael] Center said that I would make a huge difference for the team, and that in a few years with me being there we could possibly have a national championship team."
Winning inspires Mee, but he also loves the racquet-to-racquet combat that takes place when he plays.
The toughest opponents bring out the best in him. In one three-setter match, Mee's all-out effort took a toll on his body.
"I was cramping that night and the next day," Mee said. "But I still felt good about playing hard. That's what I love about this game - the battle. That's why I keep playing."
At Texas, Mee believes that Coach Center and Assistant Coach Ricardo Rubio can help him achieve his long-term dream.
"I want to be able to make a living playing pro tennis," the blue-chip recruit said. "I believe being at UT and working with the coaches there will help me become the player that I want to be which, ultimately, is to be the best I can be."
He nearly made his professional debut at the 2013 U.S. Open, when he and his doubles partner Karina Traxler won the Open Qualifier in Texas.
Mee comes from tennis-playing family in Highland Park, Texas. His father played collegiate tennis at the University of Oklahoma and his mother is a competitive recreational player. His two sisters also are top-ranked juniors.
Older sister Kristen was a four-star recruit who now plays for Arkansas. She guided John during his college search.
"She helped me find some schools that she thought would be great fits for me," he said.
Younger sister Jennifer, also a four-star recruit, is a high school sophomore.