Best hope for tennis – University of North Texas athletics
DENTON – North Texas Women’s Tennis Team and Head Coach Sujay Lama Monday added one of India’s top young talent to its squad.
New signing Likhitha Kalava has signed with Mean Green and brings with her a domestic top 20, an ITF women’s best career ranking with No.700 and a WTA best career ranking of 1227.
“As a young girl I have always been a team player and thrived in that environment and the University of North Texas team provides me with the perfect base to expand my abilities as a player. tennis because it’s a school with a great tennis team led by passionate coaches, ”Kalava said. “The University of North Texas is well known around the world for helping students in all aspects and for providing the best facilities in the field of sports and education which will help me achieve my goals. because it would give me the opportunity to meet both my interests simultaneously. “
Kalava comes to Denton from Hyderabad, India. She had a UTR ranking as high as 10.21 and beat a junior and junior Australian Open semi-final in the top 50.
In 2017, at the age of 14, she won the National Series for 16 and under. She also reached the ITF Grade 5 doubles finals in Thailand.
Also in 2017, she was elected captain of her state Under-17 team. They went on to win gold for their respective district and state. It was this team experience that drew Kalava to America to play college tennis. She hopes to help lead the UNT and develop individually on and off the pitch.
“From the first interaction we had with her, Likhitha really stood out,” said the head coach Sujay Lama. “She is a very confident woman with very clear goals. We believe she will thrive in this university environment as she has proven over the past few weeks that she has a great character and that she is a team player. . Likhitha brings a rich experience combining junior and professional. Tournaments and supports him with solid wins over the top 50 ITF junior players. Coach Rodrigo and I are extremely happy to welcome Likhitha to our Mean Green family and have can’t wait to guide her as she becomes the best person and the best player she can be. “
She plans to study interior design at the College of Visual Arts and Design at UNT.