Ekin Zafir Signs NLI With Lady Tiger Tennis
April 18, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's tennis team added one student-athlete with the signing of Turkey's Ekin Zafir, it was announced by head coach Charlotte Peterson, Monday.
Zafir has lived in the United States since age 11, and attended the Bradenton Academy in Florida for grades six through eight. She then moved to the Pendleton School for her high school prep career. She has studied with the IMG/Nick Bolliteri academy and has played in the ITF's Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl tournaments, and in Cosat tournaments in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Barbados.
"I loved the atmosphere of the university," Zafir said. "I also get along with the tennis team, which makes it even better. I know I will get a great education at Memphis. To come to the University of Memphis is a great opportunity for me to get better in my game strategically and mentally."
At Memphis, Zafir is considering majoring in either restaurant/hospitality management or international relations.
"I had the opportunity to see Ekin workout at the Bolliteri academy and felt like she had the game to help our team," Peterson said. "With her experience and training and competition there, she will come in a real experienced player, which should help our squad next year."
Zafir is the daughter of Nesrin and Omer Zafir. She plays for Bradenton's high school tennis team which lost in the finals of the state championships. She returns to Turkey each summer to see her family and friends there.
Zafir is the first signee of the 2004-05 season for Peterson. The Lady Tigers lose one starter to graduation, as Marlene Dirnstorfer, the Lady Tigers' No. 1 singles and doubles player over the past two seasons, will graduate in May with a master's degree.