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Raphael Hemmeler and Jason Tahir at Duke

Freshmen Hemmeler, Tahir Making Early Impact

By Duke Sports Information

As two of the top recruits in the class of 2011, freshmen Raphael Hemmeler and Jason Tahir arrived at Duke with a lot of expectations. In just the first spring season of their collegiate careers, both rookies have become fixtures in the Blue Devils’ lineup.

Hemmeler, who hails from Zurich, Switzerland, competed extensively on the International Tennis Federation’s Juniors and Futures circuits. Tahir was the top prospect from New York and amassed plenty of playing experience at the high school level and in United States Tennis Association tournaments nationwide. Since joining the Duke program, both have blossomed under the guidance of coaches
Ramsey Smith and Jonathan Stokke, as well as their older teammates.

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