Former professional women's tennis player Meike Babel begins her second season as an assistant coach for the Tulane women's tennis program.
Babel comes to the Green Wave after having spent 10 seasons on the Women's Tennis Association tour. She was ranked as high as No. 27 in singles and was a member of the German Federation Cup team in 1997 and 1998.
Babel has claimed two International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles, taking top honors at the Paderborn (Germany) and Madeira (Portugal) tournaments. In addition, she won her first doubles title on the Sanex WTA Tour at the 1998 Istanbul tournament with partner Laurence Coutois. A native of Langen, Germany, Babel posted a career record of 132-112. She reached the third round of both the Australian and French Opens, while reaching the second round at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
In 1998, Babel upset No. 22 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy at Indian Wells. She also upset hometown favorite Zina Garrison in Houston in 1994 and was nominated for the 1992 Sanex WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer award.