Why did you become a tennis coach?
I have always loved the sport and respected my first tennis coach and her dedication to my tennis early on in my tennis career. She has been my main role model of what a female coach should be like and what hard work can achieve. After realising I will not make it as a pro player, I became dedicated to go on a path towards high performance coaching as I want to help players achieve their goals using my knowledge of the game and knowing how hard it can be at times. I want to show players that no matter what struggles players face, if they want to make it to the highest level they can, with the right attitude and discipline anything is possible.
What do you like the most about being a tennis coach?
Instilling a new skill to any player and seeing them improve their tennis because of something that you have taught. The smile/happiness on their face after being able to do something because of your help is the best feeling for a coach.
What is your favourite Grand Slam to watch?
What are you most looking forward to about being involved in She Rallies?
I look forward to seeing more girls involved in tennis and staying in the game as I see it as a sport for life. I have seen the numbers of girls decrease in coaching lessons as I coach older groups and it is sad to see so many girls giving up. I want to understand why girls stop playing and help them overcome the barriers.
What is your tennis coaching pet hate?
People seeing competition as a ‘scary’ thing when it’s just part of the process of learning to become a better player. People only attending training with no real goal in mind. For example, no intention of competing.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Control over time.
If you could invite three female tennis stars, past or present to a dinner party, who would they be?
Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters and Coco Gauff.