MARTIN, Tenn. – University of Tennessee at Martin head tennis coach Dennis Taylor has announced the signing of Daphne Pratt, who will unite with the Skyhawks as a freshman during the 2018-19 season.
Pratt currently attends Colfe’s School in London, England – where she is wrapping up a strong athletic and academic career. Ranked amongst the top under-18 players in England, she is also studying three “A” levels in math, physics and design technology.
“Daphne is a very strong player with all the shots but what made her stand out to me was her athleticism,” Taylor said. “She is an all-around athlete. This will allow her to quickly become one of the top players in our conference. Academically, she will be a perfect fit for our program. She is a very disciplined young lady both on and off the court.”
Pratt has competed at the national level since the age of 14 and is currently the U18 Kent County singles and women’s doubles champion. Last year, the London, England native won the Sutton under-16 doubles championship and has also pieced together several regional tournament victories in both singles and doubles.
Most recently, Pratt brought home championships in the Frinton women’s tournament, Sutton women’s tournament, Windsor women’s tournament, Croydon U18’s, Frinton on Sea U18’s and the Crawley U18’s.
All in all, Pratt has generated 12 regional tournament titles and two national doubles titles. She has competed at ITF and Tennis Europe while also playing on the British Tour.
“I am so excited that I was given the opportunity to play Division-I tennis at such an amazing university,” Pratt said. “I am looking forward to the challenges that will come playing in the top division and I know Coach Taylor is already giving me advice on what to work on so I am ready.”
Pratt will join a well-established UT Martin program that is a model of consistency in the Ohio Valley Conference. In 25 years as an OVC member, the Skyhawks have made 24 appearances in the league tournament under Taylor, who is a seven-time OVC Coach of the Year.