Lee Taylor Walker to Coach USTA Women's Collegiate Team
June 17, 2013
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that University of Memphis women's tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker will be one of two collegiate coaches to guide the women's collegiate team this summer in the USTA Pro Circuit.
Walker along with USC assistant coach West Nott will coach six selected women's tennis players that will compete in more than a dozen pro tournaments from July until February. Walker and Nott will also receive assistance from USTA National Coach Dustin Taylor. Robin Anderson (UCLA), Julia Elbaba (Virginia), Lauren Embree (Florida), Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) and Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) have already filled five of the six spots on the women's team by their in-season achievements while competing for their respective schools. The final spot will be filled the week of June 24 at the USTA Training Center - West in Carson, Calif., as seven players will compete for the final spot. The collegiate team will begin competition July 1 in Sacramento, Calif.
"I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," Walker said. "This new initiative, led by Dustin Taylor and the USTA, is going to accelerate and increase the success of American professional tennis. The level of Division l college tennis these days is extremely high, and it's so important that these players get the opportunities to build their ATP or WTA ranking while playing at such a high level. Dustin and West are proven coaches and I look forward to learning a lot from each of them."
In 2013, Walker guided the Memphis women's tennis program to unprecedented success with their first trip to the NCAA Tournament and an upset win over Florida State in the first round of the tournament. The Lady Tigers finished the season ranked No. 32 in the nation following an 18-7 season mark.
"It's also good to be around the best of the best college and professional players to see where our current team compares in all of the applicable areas of fitness nutrition, mental toughness, and tennis skill," Walker said. "Some members of our team will be at some of these tournaments as well, but it's my goal with Skylar (Kuykendall) and the future Americans on our team that they would qualify for this team annually."
Nott helped the Women of Troy advance to the NCAA Round of 16 and a 23-3 record in 2013 to finish No. 6 in the country. He also helped Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria claim the school's first NCAA Doubles Championship.
Players invited to the USTA Training Center are:
*Robin Anderson, UCLA (SO, Matawan, N.J.)
* Already reserved spot on USTA Collegiate Team based on in-season achievement.