Gabriel Karatantcheva
Gabriel Karatantcheva
Height: 5-9
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Sofia, Bulgaria
High School: Manatee HS (in Fla.)
Major: Business Economics

FMU: First-year player at FMU.....A very consistent player, who doesn’t miss shots.....Has a sister (Sesil) playing professionally, so she has a lot of tennis experience.....Excited about her joining the FMU program.....Expected to fill one of FMU's top two spots, and if that happens, our line-up strength will be greatly enhanced.

PERSONAL:

  • Born Gabriel Radoslavova Karatantcheva in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Attended both Sveti Naum Ohridski in Sofia and Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., where she played for coaches Radoslav Karatantchev and Ashley Hobson respectively
  • Played two seasons as the No.1 player at Manatee
  • A past Super Series winner and Super Series finalist (girls U18)
  • Nickname is Gabi

PERSONAL FAVORITES:

  • As a child what you wanted to be when you grew up: An actress 
  • Favorite Superhero: Thor
  • Favorite Athlete:  Roger Federer 
  • Favorite Sports Team:  The Lightings 
  • Favorite Movie or TV Show: Friends 
  • Favorite Food: Chipotle 
  • Favorite Vacation Spot:  Miami, FL
  • Instagram Account: Gabriel_karatantcheva
  • Your Motivation Music: Eminem -  Till I Collapse 
  • Favorite Thing About FMU:  Beautiful location and good academics 
  • Favorite Off-Field Activity:  Boxing 
  • Goals for Upcoming Season:  To improve my tennis skills and work with the other girls as a team
  • Why you first chose your sport: My sister was the one who directed our family towards tennis, and I grew up loving to practice and compete
  • The biggest mental challenge to you improving faster: My many other interests 
  • Interesting Notes: My sister is a pro tennis player (Sesil Karatantcheva); I have been a national champion for Bulgaria and represented my country in Europe; I have won many USTA tournaments as a child; at 15 years old I won a WTA point
  • Brush With Greatness:  I have traveled with my sister to grand slams and I have met Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova