|Hometown:||San Jose, CA|
|High School:||Bellarmine Prep|
|Major:||Joint Computer Science & Mathematics|
On Court: Three-Star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net...ranked as high as top 20 in Northern California USTA combined rankings … played #2 singles for Bellarmine College Prep, helping them earn a fourth place finish in the high school national tournament...as a freshman...injured ankle during Claremont Futures event in early September, causing him to miss USTA / ITA West Regionals...returned to training and individual tournaments in October...established himself early as one of the hardest working team members...made his college tennis debut at the #6 singles position on February 20, 2014 against Westmont, where he earned a 6-4, 6-4 win...appeared in four more dual matches at the #6 singles position and did not yield more than six games in any one match...was at his most impressive in the Ojai Independent College event, where he won four matches as an unseeded player - defeating Chang and Lee of Biola, and Bello and Sutton of Pomona-Pitzer - to reach the the championship match...his 6-1, 7-5 defeat in the final to Westmont's Josh Barnard made Shankar the first Stag in history to reach the championship match of this event...appeared in only one doubles match, with fellow frosh Glenn Hull against Caltech...completed the 2014 campaign with a tidy 9-1 singles mark and 1-0 doubles record...honored by teammates as Stags' Most Improved Player for 2014...as a sophomore continued to work as hard as any team member despite limited playing time...appeared in five singles dual matches in the spring and competed in The Ojai...went 5-0 at #6 singles, dropping only one set...had notable wins against Brandeis, Haverford and Whittier...reached the second round of the Ojai Independent College event...appeared in four doubles matches in the spring with partners Yeh, Macey and Mehall...had overall records of 6-1 in singles and 1-3 in doubles...earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher during the school year...recipient of the Hank Krieger Trophy for his commitment to the team during the season...as a junior finally got his chance to play ITA West Regionals and made strong debut, winning five of six singles matches and winning the 1st round losers consolation draw...defeated players from Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz, Redlands, and Cal Lutheran...partnered Patrick Wildman and the first time pair reached the quarters of the doubles...kicked off spring dual match play with a thrilling 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(6) win at #6 against Zach Cihlar of Brandeis...then won next five dual matches at positions 4-6 without losing a set...Shankar's only singles loss of the spring was in the first round of the Ojai, where he dropped two tie-break sets to Pomona-Pitzer's Spencer Simonides...appeared in only three doubles matches in the spring, partnering Simental at Pacific Coast Doubles, and Vemuri at Ojai...completed 2016 with records of 12-2 in singles and 2-4 in doubles...earned ITA Scholar-Athlete and SCIAC All-Academic accolades for maintaining a 3.5 GPA and higher during the year...also garnered his second Hank Krieger Trophy for his dedication as a team player...as a senior begain the fall with three of four singles wins at the ITA West Regionals, before teaming with Avi Vemuri for two matches in the doubles...returned for his final spring as a Stag to post overall records of 7-2 in singles and 2-2 in doubles, staying perfect in dual match play in both...played exclusively at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, without dropping a set in the spring...completes an impressive Stags Tennis career with overall records of 34-6 in singles and 6-9 in doubles, while earning his third consecutive ITA Scholar-Athlete and SCIAC All-Academic honors for maintaining a 3.5 GPA and higher over the school year...will be remembered for his dedication to his teammates and coaches, his contributions away from practice and in team meetings, his incredible work ethic, and his commitment to being the best player and teammate he could be.