Top German Recruit Signs With Women's Tennis
April 3, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis women's tennis coach Lee Taylor Walker announced Wednesday that Ann-Kathrin "Anki" Wind will join the nationally-ranked program for the 2013-14 season.
"We are excited about Anki joining the Memphis Tiger tennis family," Walker said. "She has a great personality that will fit right in with our young team next year. The coaching staff and team is so happy about her choosing Memphis. We felt a great connection with Anki on her visit and throughout our discussions the last few months."
A native of Dinslaken, Germany, Wind comes to Memphis as the top recruit out of Germany. In 2012, Wind won the Niederrheinmeister Senior Tournament while also taking home the German Doubles crown. Under the direction of coach Claus Uwe Schumann for seven years, Wind has made many appearances in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Doubles Finals. Wind has also posted several wins over top-450 WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional players and top-70 ITF junior players.
"As you can see from her results, she is well accomplished and has been successful at a high level," Walker said. "I am excited about her style of play because I know she can play very aggressive. This is a necessary style to compete with the best players in the world. She has high standards and aspirations for herself and I look forward to providing her with an environment and opportunities that will challenge her to be the very best she can be."
A product of Karl Ziegler School, Wind was named champion of the Niederrheinmeister Junior and Senior Tournament in 2011, and was the winner of the 2010 ITF Junior Mönchengladbach Tournament. In addition to the U of M, Wind was also heavily recruited by nationally-ranked Florida State and South Florida.
"I know she had several other options, but I think the player/coach/teammates relationships are the most important factors in a student-athlete choosing a university," Walker said. I feel very strongly about her fitting in here with the coaches and team."
This season, the Lady Tigers have set several program records with a program-high ranking of No. 22, and defeating their first top-20 opponent in school history with a 5-2 win over No. 16 Virginia in late February. Memphis is currently 15-4 on the season and on an eight-match win streak.