Kiro, Machado Santos Add International Flavor For Texas Tech

Lynn Kiro and Beatriz Machado Santos have signed to play tennis at Texas Tech.

November 15, 2012

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 21 Texas Tech women's tennis team added a pair of recruits for the 2013-14 season on Thursday, as the Red Raiders signed standouts Lynn Kiro and Beatriz Machado Santos, announced head coach Todd Petty.

"We are very excited both Beatriz and Lynn have decided to join our program," said Petty. "Both of them bring a great deal of international experience and have played on the big stage.  The greatest thing about these two young ladies is that they are committed and excited about being Red Raiders. They were recruited by a lot of top ranked schools and we feel very fortunate in having them represent the Double T next year. In the years to come these two will have the chance to be the face of this program."

Kiro, a native of Cape Town, South Africa, is currently ranked 125th junior in the world by the ITF. She has won three International Tennis Federation singles titles.

Kiro won her first national championship in her native South Africa in 2006, when she won the Under-14 title. She added back-to-back national titles in 2010 and 2011, when she secured the Under-18 national title. Her efforts earned her the No. 1 ranking in South Africa in both U14 and U18.

Her play also secured Kiro a spot on the South African Junior Fed Cup Team in 2011 that competed in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was then selected to compete for South Africa on the 2012 Senior Fed Cup Team.

"Going to Texas Tech means a lot to me because going to play and study in the States is an opportunity of a lifetime," said Kiro. "I think that Texas Tech will be the perfect environment for me to carry on achieving even bigger goals and getting a good education at the same time. The program that Texas Tech has to offer will help me to reach my goals and dreams of playing on the pro circuit. The coaches are devoted to what they do and the girls on the team are very welcoming, which made my decision a lot easier. I am very grateful for this amazing opportunity and I plan on giving my best at school and on the tennis court in order to win for the team. I am proud to be a Red Raider and I can't wait to represent the team."

Kiro chose Texas Tech over Ohio State, Tulsa, Florida State, Northwestern, Arkansas and LSU.

Machado Santos is the reigning Portuguese Under-18 singles national champion and a member of the U18 national team champion, where she played No. 1 singles. She was selected to represent Portugal at the U18 European Individual Championships in June and the U18 European Team Championships in July.

A 2012 doubles regional champion in Portugal, Machado Santos won national doubles titles in U12, U14 and U16. She was also the youngest player awarded a wild car to the qualifying of the WTA Estoril Open in 2010.

"I chose Texas Tech because I really liked the tennis program and the coaches were very nice," said Machado Santos. "They gave me all of the information I needed during the process. Another reason is because I feel like the team is very close and it's important to know that you will have constant support from the girls and the coaches. I can't wait to be a Red Raider and I really want to help the team win big next season."

Machado Santos chose Texas Tech over Florida State, Clemson, TCU and Maryland.




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