Nov. 26, 2013
New Orleans - Tulane's head women's tennis coach Terri Sisk announced today the signing of Naz Karagoz, one of the top players in Turkey, to a national letter-of-intent for the 2014-15 season.
A native of Istanbul, Turkey, Karagoz began playing tennis at the age of four and currently holds a World Tennis Association singles ranking of 966 and doubles rank of 804. As a member of Club Istanbul of the ENKA International Tennis Academy, she played in ITF Junior Tournaments and reached a career-high ranking of 269.
In 2012, she joined the Turkish Tennis Federation and began playing the women's circuit and plans to compete in the 2016 Olympic games. She is also a member of the Turkish National Team.
"We are extremely excited with the signing of Naz to an NLI and having her join our Tulane family," Sisk said. "She is quite an accomplished player, who had many choices for a collegiate home, and she chose us and we are thrilled with her decision. She will definitely be an immediate impact player in both singles and doubles. Naz is a great player but even better young lady, and one that enjoys life and is quite a funny girl. I look forward to her continued accomplishments over her next four years at Tulane."
A right-hander with a double-handed backhand, she led her team to the ISF World Championship in Australia and represented her country at the 2012 Summer-Winter European Cups.
Her father is Alaadin Karagoz, the former top ranked tennis player in Turkey, who also competed in the Davis Cup for many years, and is the current head coach of the Turkish Davis Cup team. Her mother, Sevilay Eraslan, played basketball for the Besiktas team in Turkey for 19 years.