Mean Green Tennis Signs Two National Champions
Tennis Adds Sille Tranberg And Nidhi Surapaneni
DENTON -- North Texas Tennis head coach Sujay Lama has announced the addition and signing of two national champions.
Nidhi Surapaneni of India and Sille Tranberg from Denmark will enroll at North Texas and join the Mean Green tennis team next season following their high school graduation.
"We are very excited to welcome Sille and Nidhi to the Mean Green family," Lama said. "They are terrific players who will impact our program right away."
Earlier this year, Surapaneni made a Grand Slam playing in the first round of the Australian Open Juniors doubles and the qualifying final round in singles. Her career-best ITF World Junior ranking is 167.
At 16 years old, Surapaneni won the Indian Women's National Tournament. A Singapore transplant, she was the No. 2 ranked player in the country 16 years old or younger.
"Nidhi has an all-court game and brings tremendous international experience at the highest level," Lama said. "She is very focused and determined to elevate her game."
Competing at an international level since the second grade, Surapaneni has played in tournaments in four different continents.
"At North Texas I will be surrounded by people who are experienced," Surapaneni said. "And they will make me and my game better."
Tranberg comes to Denton as the No. 7 ranked Danish women's tennis player, playing in the country's highest division. She won the under-18 singles, doubles and mix doubles championship recently and she was selected to play for the Danish national team at the European Championships.
"Sille is a tremendous athlete with great speed," Lama said. "Her competitive spirit and mental toughness is what has stood out the most."
Tranberg's family is rich in tennis talent. Her twin sister Emma Louise is also one of the best female tennis players in Denmark.
Tranberg won the Union Championship multiple times both in singles, doubles and mix doubles and she's won the GPS Masters Singles in 2015.
"For several years I've known that I wanted to go to college to combine my sport and interest in studying and get the most important experience in my life," Tranberg said. "Coach Lama and I have had a very good connection from the beginning. I'm thankful for getting the chance to join North Texas and fulfill my dream."
Tranberg and Surapaneni will further the already deep Mean Green roster and should immediately compete for a spot in the lineup next season. With Frisco native Alexis Thoma graduating this spring, North Texas will feature a young team that has no seniors but a group that has played in nearly every match this season against nationally ranked opponents.