Dec. 27, 2012
HOUSTON - University of Houston women's tennis head coach Patrick Sullivan announced the signing of Rocio Martin Fernandez to a financial aid agreement on Monday, adding another talented prospect for 2013.
A product of Madrid, Spain, Martin Fernandez is ranked No. 44 in Spain's open division and No. 1204 in WTA's worldwide rankings.
"We are all very excited to welcome Rocio to the Cougar Tennis family," Sullivan said. "She is both a very high-achieving student and a world-class tennis player and will find it easy to embrace our program philosophy and continue her excellence in both areas. She comes from a great family who is highly accomplished in both academia and sport and after getting to spend time with her parents Isabel and Roberto this past fall and seeing how much love and support she has received at home, I think it will be a seamless transition for Rocio in joining a similar environment here in Houston."
Originally from Galicia, Spain, Martin Fernandez claimed the U16 regional championship before moving to Madrid in high school, where she went on to win the U18 regional doubles championship and advance to the semifinals of a U18 Spanish national singles and doubles event.
Martin Fernandez has competed in over 30 professional tournaments, and shined in doubles play, advancing to the quarterfinals on three occasions.
"I probably shouldn't say this for fear of [Houston Soccer Head] Coach [Chris] Pfau stealing her from me, but one of my favorite things about Rocio is that she is actually a first-rate soccer player as well," Sullivan said. "I like that not only because of the athleticism required to excel in that sport, but also because unlike many top junior tennis players, she has been part of a true team and has a firm grasp of what it takes to be a selfless teammate."
In addition to the signing of Martin Fernandez, Sullivan inked Despoina Vogasari in November, who holds the highest ranking of any junior player in Greece and is the highest ranked prospect to sign with the Cougars in the last 20 years.