Women's Tennis Adds Nicole Hoynaski to Roster
Jan. 16, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – University of Memphis women’s tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker announced Thursday that Australian native Nicole Hoynaski will join the nationally-ranked squad this season. Hoynaski, currently enrolled at the University of Memphis, will begin playing for the Lady Tigers in Jan. 2015, unless her NCAA waiver allows otherwise.
"We are very excited for Nicole to join our program this semester,” Walker said. “Her talent on court is obvious, but what we are more pumped about are the other things she'll bring to the table. It was a tough process getting her here, and she showed a lot of fortitude in dealing with an unknown future in college tennis. Her gratitude and maturity make her stand out and will help the team immensely."
A native of Putney, New South Wales, Australia, Hoynaski has been in and out of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) circuits since 2010. Coached by Marc Sophoulis and Andrew Wagner, Hoynaski reached a career-high ranking of 778 in the world in November 2013, up from 1123 at the end of 2012. The biggest win of her career came last June when she defeated a top-300 player in Slovakia’s Zuzana Zlochova, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the round of 16 at the Agri, Turkey 25k.
Hoynaski has made several deep runs in ITF tournaments during her career with quarterfinal appearances at the Bendigo 50k and the Istanbul 10k in 2013, while also advancing to the doubles championship in Istanbul with fellow Aussie Abbie Myers.
Ranked as high as 22nd in Australia, Hoynaski has played in 18 countries during her tennis career since 2007.
Hoynaski graduated from Sydney Distance Education High School in Sept. 2013, and is the daughter of Peter and Margaret Hoynaski.