Former Sam Houston State tennis standout Fabienne Gettwart continues to shine on the court.
The Dreiech, Hessen, Germany native, who graduated from SHSU in 2018, recently signed her first pro contract with Yonex Racquets. She is now playing professionally for the Tennis 65 Eschborn Club in Eschborn, Germany.
Gettwart has just moved into the top 700 in singles in the International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association world rankings. She advanced to the final 16 in two W15 ITF tournaments in Tabarka, Tunisia and Antalya, Turkey with wins over players ranked in the top 450, 500 and 600, respectively.
Gettwart has also moved into the top 650 in doubles in the ITF/WTA world rankings. She has made the semifinals in two W15 ITF tournaments in doubles in Kaltenkirchen, Germany and Tabarka, Tunisia.
She has also just achieved a career-high ranking of No. 106 in Germany as of June 30.
“I am so pleased to watch Fabienne continue her tennis career on the pro tour and thrilled at the immediate success she has achieved to date,” Bearkats coach Rob Hubbard said. “Fab has the athletic talent, work ethic and passion to continue to achieve at a high level on the world stage. Who knows? Maybe this time next year we just may see her playing on the grass at Wimbledon.
“The whole tennis program, not to mention her alma mater, is very proud of Fabienne."
The four-year letter-winner at SHSU was selected to the All-Southland Conference second team in singles and honorable mention in doubles along with her partner Khee Yen Wee during their senior season in 2017-18. Gettwart helped lead the Bearkats to the program’s highest single-season, team-victory total ever as the Sam Houston women rolled up a 14-6 dual match record.
Gettwart posted individual Southland records of 9-2 in No. 1 singles and 5-1 at No. 2 doubles with Wee. The nine SLC wins ranks as the third-highest season total ever by a Sam Houston women’s tennis player. Gettwart produced a 13-6 overall dual match season record at No. 1 singles as a senior.
During her four-year career, Gettwart was part of a women’s tennis program that climbed from 2-16 won-loss mark her freshman season in 2015 to 14-6 record as senior.
Gettwart completed her career at Sam Houston ranked No. 2 in total dual match victories at the No. 1 singles position (30) and 14th in all-time doubles wins with all partners (41).