FAYETTEVILLE — Kimberley-Ann Surin has signed a national letter of intent to join the Arkansas womens tennis program for the 2012-2013 season head coach Michael Hegarty announced today.
Surin, who hails from Blainville, in suburban Montreal, Canada, is the second member of this year’s signing class joining Ana Lorena Belmar who signed in November.
Surin joins the Razorbacks as a multiple time national junior champion in her native Canada, winning the 16 & under indoor national singles title in 2010 as a 15- year old, as well as a second place singles finish in 2011 in the 18 and under division as a 16 year old, while also winning the doubles title.
"I’m excited to sign with Arkansas,” Surin said. “I think it is going to be an amazing experience. The overall combination of athletic and academic support is unbeatable in Fayetteville and I want to thank my family for their support in my all-around development which has led me to this great opportunity. Tennis Canada has also played a major role in my success and I want to thank all the coaches and staff who have helped me along this journey."
Surin has been ranked as high as No. 159 in the ITF junior world rankings, No. 767 in the WTA singles rankings and is in the top-three in Canada in both 16 and under and 18 and under.
"We are extremely happy to welcome Kim to the Razorback family,” Arkansas head coach Michael Hegarty said. “We believe she is as good of an incoming freshman as there is across the country. As accomplished as she is already, her best tennis is well ahead of her and we look forward to helping her achieve some high goals.”
Surin’s success on the tennis court is no surprise as her family is deeply involved in athletics. Kim’s father, Bruny Surin, won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 as part of Canada’s 4 X 100 meter relay. His 9.84 time in 1999 stands as the 8th fastest 100m performance in history. He also won two gold medals at the 1995 and 1999 world championships. Surin represented Canada in four Olympic games.
Surin’s mother, Bianelle Legros-Surin is the Manager of Athlete Programs for the Canadian Olympic Committee.
"Kim is part of an extremely gifted family and I’m certain that she is well prepared for a very successful college career and beyond," Hegarty said.
Surin’s addition to the 2012-2013 class brings the number of signees to two. The Razorbacks anticipate adding two more players to this year’s signing class.