I have been playing tennis for almost 12 years, and I am very passionate about the sport. Not only do I spend time on the court perfecting my own game, but I also help younger children improve their game by giving private lessons and sharing some of my own knowledge about the sport. I have only played one year of high school tennis so far. Still, my school's girls tennis team won the state championships for private schools in the Southern Preparatory Conference in Texas. School tennis made me a better teammate in a sport where I am used to being all by myself. Even though I was a freshman last year, I acted as a leader on my team because many of the girls were not as experienced tennis players. Additionally, I serve as a role model for my younger sister. She is getting into tennis, and I help her by being supportive and guiding her to find her passion in the sport.
My parents have been the ones who have helped me reach the level where I am now. My mom is the one who always takes me to tournaments. She has influenced my love for the sport by being supportive of me, always having positive feedback, and even though she wants me to do the best I can, she wants me to have fun. A challenge that I had to overcome in middle school and early high school was the fear of missing out on social events with my friends. Tennis requires a lot of time and dedication. Even though balance is critical, I am very motivated to continue growing as a player, even if that means sacrificing the typical teenage experience. I enjoy traveling to tournaments, and I have started traveling for more ITF tournaments in the last year. I am very interested in playing college tennis, and I feel like I would be a good fit on a college tennis team because I love to cheer for my friends when they are playing, and I bring positive energy to my practices. Practice is just as important as performance because tennis practice is where you learn to build mental toughness. During competition, the mental toughness I practice during hitting sessions and lessons create the grit with which I perform. I want to compete at the highest level of competition possible in college tennis because I have worked so hard and put in hours to make myself a better player. I am open to different schools and regions, and I can't wait to experience collegiate tennis!