July 21, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Cristelle Grier Fox, an NCAA doubles champion and four-time All-American in singles at Northwestern, has been named assistant coach for the Yale women's tennis team. Grier Fox joins the staff of Danielle Lund, who was promoted from assistant coach to head coach in May.
"I'm excited to have Cristelle join the women's tennis program at Yale," said Lund. "Her success on and off the court at Northwestern is a testament to her work ethic, motivation and perseverance - qualities she will bring to our program. I'm confident that she will be a major contributor to our goal of becoming a top national team."
Grier Fox posted a 157-30 record in singles play over four seasons with the Wildcats, including a 41-11 mark this past year. She went 11-3 at the No. 1 position and 13-0 at the No. 2 position in dual match play as Northwestern won its eighth straight Big 10 championship and advanced to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championship. Grier Fox and her doubles partner, Alexis Prousis, defeated Fresno State's seventh-ranked doubles team of Katharina Winterhalter and Lucia Sainz 6-4, 6-1 to claim the national doubles championship.
In addition to earning four All-America nods for her singles play, Grier Fox also was a three-time All-American in doubles and was ranked No. 1 in the country from 2003 through 2006. She was ranked No. 1 in singles in 2003.
A native of Epsom, England, Grier Fox attended Putney High School. She played in Wimbledon's qualifying round from 2001 through 2004.
Grier Fox, who recently married Martin Fox, is currently working as a tennis instructor in Rhode Island.
"I am absolutely delighted to join Danielle Lund and the Yale women's tennis team," Grier Fox said. "I look forward to working hard and offering anything I can to help Yale tennis become one of the top programs in the country."
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity