Kirkland, WA (July 25, 2013) – Athletic DNA is proud to announce the signing of American tennis player Lauren Embree. Embree went pro in June after finishing her 4 years of eligibility at the University of Florida – Gainesville. Embree is the first female professional to sign with Athletic DNA. Embree will start by focusing on Challenger events as she moves up the rankings.
“Athletic DNA has made substantial efforts to introduce and grow our women’s line over the last year and a half,” said Athletic DNA Vice President of Tennis, Evan Zeder. “We have held off signing any female professionals to make sure we not only had a full range of apparel to wear at all times, but to also work with players we know will represent the brand the right way. Lauren has had an amazing collegiate career, and is known as one of the hardest workers and respectable athletes while she competed at the collegiate level. We look forward to watching and supporting her during the next stage of her career.”
Embree leaves college with a lot of accolades to build off of as she starts on the pro tour. Earlier this month, she was named the ITA Female College Player of the Year. She finished college with a career singles record of 117-16, including a mark of 26-3 during the 2012-2013 season. Last fall, Embree won the 2012 Riviera/ITA All-American Singles Championship, one of the collegiate Grand Slams. Embree was the first ever player in SEC Conference history to win the SEC Player of the Year Award 3 times, as she won it in 2010, 2012, and 2013. In her 4 years of SEC play, Embree went 38-0 in singles conference play. In Embree’s freshman year, she was named the best freshman in college tennis as she won the 2010 ITA National Rookie Player of the Year.
The Florida Gators in her 4 years on campus dominated college tennis. They won back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2011 & 2012. Embree clinched the championship point both seasons. All four years Embree was on campus they advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. The Gators won the SEC Regular Season & Tournament Championship all 4 years.
Even in her limited time on the pro tour, Embree has had success. Embree’s career high ranking in singles is 462 and doubles is 307. In 2009, Embree played in the main draw at the French Open singles tournament as well as qualifying for the US Open where she advanced to the second round. Embree has already claimed one pro singles title, the 2008 ITF in Wichita, KS. She was a member of the New York Buzz of the World Team Tennis league in 2008.
Athletic DNA is an American sports apparel company. Founded in Seattle in 2007, ADNA has built its’ brand by focusing on youth tennis across the United States. ADNA has sponsored several male pros since it was founded including current pros Brian Baker & Alex Bogomolov Jr. The company released its’ first women’s clothing in 2012. For more information please visit: www.athleticdna.com