May 21, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Former professional women's tennis player Meike Babel has been hired as an assistant coach for the Tulane women's tennis team, head coach David Schumacher announced on Monday.
Babel joins the Green Wave after having spent the last 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.
"We're extremely excited to have Meike joining the Tulane women's tennis program," Schumacher said. "Her professional experience is something that is rare in the college environment. She will be helpful in recruiting and will definitely be an asset to any player who wants to elevate their level of play."
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 Wimbeldon 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.
"I'm excited to be joining the Tulane women's tennis program," Babel said. "After the frustrating decision to retire from professional tennis, I feel my job as an assistant will be a challenge that I can, and do, look forward to. I think there is so much potential at Tulane. After seeing what has been achieved so far, I'm convinced that with the right players, Tulane will be able to not play with, but beat, the big names in college tennis. This is certainly what I am hoping to contribute to."