My Life in Tennis

I was born in South Africa and started playing at age 6. I had a successful junior career, in which I reached the Under 16 #1 ranking in the world and won the US Open Junior Doubles titles twice. I helped South Africa win the World Youth Cup as the #1 player, the first time in history that an African country won this title. I was awarded 2 South African Victor Sports Awards in 1995 (Most Promising Newcomer and Best Team).

 

I turned professional at the age of 18. In all I played in 4 Grand Slam tournaments and won 11 singles and 36 doubles titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. In 1998 I reached a career high ranking of 109 in Singles when I advanced to the 3rd Round at Wimbledon and in 2000 was ranked 49 in Doubles on the WTA Professional Women.

Over the years I had many injuries which eventually forced my retirement from professional tennis in 2011.

 

My Life after Tennis

I started coaching in 2003, before I retired. I am Lawn Tennis Association Certified and a member of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). I have coached hundreds of adults and children including coaching the current Top 10 WTA player, Johanna Konta, to success in her first ITF junior tournament when she was 15.

I am also an experienced life coach. Like many athletes, my transition from a life dominated by sports to a more normal existence was not without problems and setbacks. My book, the Spiritual Journey of a Wimbledon Tennis Player goes into more detail and I use these experiences in my coaching of athletes and individuals to turn setbacks into an inspired life.

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