U-M Adds Bolender During Early Signing Period

Nov. 11, 2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan head women's tennis coach Ronni Bernstein announced today (November 11) that Brooke Bolender (Delray Beach, Fla./Kaplan) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Wolverines during the 2010-11 season.

"We are excited about the addition of Brooke to our program next season," Bernstein said. "Her tennis accomplishments are extensive, having competed at the highest level, both nationally and internationally. That experience will have a huge impact on our program. Teryn Ashley-Fitch and I are looking forward to working with Brooke once she arrives in Ann Arbor."

One of the top junior competitors in the country, Bolender is currently listed as the No. 9-ranked senior on tennisrecruiting.net and is No. 99 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior rankings. Bolender has been training at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., since 2005 and also has been a member of the USTA High Performance Development Program.

In international junior competition this year, Bolender has participated in the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open and reached the singles and doubles finals at the International Junior Grass Court Championships. Throughout her junior career, she has won three ITF doubles titles and reached eight ITF doubles finals, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the 2008 Orange Bowl International Championships.In 2007, she reached the singles semifinals at the Yucatan World Cup in Mexico, defeating eventual 2008 French Open junior champion Simona Halep.

On the national stage, Bolender took home the singles title at the 2007 Girls' 16 National Clay Court Championships and was a doubles finalist at the same event.

In 2009, Bolender has participated in five professional events and qualified for a $50,000 tournament in Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.

The Wolverines will lose senior Tania Mahtani (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula) to graduation in 2010.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423