Irene Santos BravoIrene Santos Bravo, who reached a high ranking of #18 in Spain and #443 on the WTA tour, has committed to play for the University at Albany women’s tennis team this spring.  The Madrid native competed on the world stage for a few years and battled her way to a world ranking few US collegians have reached, or will reach.   In her short WTA career, Santos garnered wins over these women, with their highest world ranking listed in parentheses:  Sally Peers (#145); Arina Rodionova (#157); and Ganna Piven (#334).
Coach Gordon Graham is optimistic that… “Santos will be a great addition to the team!  We had a good fall of training and tournaments in which the five healthy players showed marked improvement, so we already were going to be a stronger team this spring.  But Irene brings a level of expertise, experience and success that will help take us to another level.  Plus she is going to be a real ‘team player’ who will help make us an even tighter, more competitive unit.”
Santos will start her UAlbany tennis career playing in the elite National Collegiate Tennis Classic, January 18-20, in Palm Springs, CA. This 32-player draw includes players from such college tennis powers as Stanford, UCLA, USC, North Carolina and Alabama.
The newest Great Dane will enroll in the UAlbany graduate program, pursuing a Masters degree in Communications.
The Danes open their team dual match schedule with a ‘home’ match at Tri-City Tennis and Fitness, Latham, NY on…
Friday, Feb. 1, 1:00 p.m.

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