Tennis has been my passion since I was 3 years old. I love all aspects of the game, the competitiveness, strategy and the physicality of it. I still remember with pride the first tournament I won, a Green Dot 10 and under event when I was 8, beating the 2 seed in the semifinals and the 1 seed in a three-set match in the finals. That feeling of accomplishment after hard work still spurs me on today.
I was born in Indianapolis. My dad is from Sandusky, Ohio and competed for Ohio State University in men’s basketball. My mom is originally from Montego Bay Jamaica and competed in tennis as the number 1 singles and doubles player for Morgan State University. As a child growing up in Indianapolis, I was exposed to many cultures as a student at the International School of Indiana. I was in the French immersion language program and became fluent in French by the age of 8.
We moved to Florida when I was 10 and I discovered just how competitive tennis can be at the junior level. In Girls 12 I worked my way up to a top 20 ranking in the state of Florida and played a few national events as well, including the Girls 12 National Hardcourt Championship in 2017. I’m proud to be the 2017 State Doubles Champion in Girls 12’s and 2018 State Doubles Runner Up in Girls 14’s and the 9th place finisher at the 2019 State Singles Championship in Girls 14. Along the way I’ve had so many opportunities and some tough challenges, including ITF events in Vancouver Canada and Leipaja, Latvia in 2018.
My competitive spirit extends to academics, and I’ve challenged myself by enrolling in the IB program at my high school. This is the most rigorous academic level that includes several AP courses and IB specific courses. I have a 3.8 GPA earned through hard work and dedication. It has been difficult at times, but I have a mindset around growth, and I believe in perseverance even when the outcome seems uncertain. I aspire to attend a university with a solid academic and tennis program. My goals are intertwined, and I hope to continue to excel both athletically and academically. I will graduate high school at 17 and I am open to opportunities in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.