Welcome and hello

Welcome to my blog: Fox serves it up.
My aim is to give you, the reader, as much information about tennis as possible. Whether it be about singles strategy, doubles drills, great tips for teaching children, technique, playing on different surfaces etc. I hope to cover it all.

But first a little bit about me. I grew up in England and started playing tennis at the age of the four. My brother, who is five years my senior, needed someone to play and I happened to be the obvious choice for a partner.
I started off playing what we called Short Tennis which is the USTA’s version of QuickStart Tennis now. It was a fantastic way to learn as everything from the balls, the equipment and even the court were all proportional to my size.
I moved on to Lawn Tennis at the age of nine. I joined my county’s team and my school’s and loved every minute of it. I would take a half hour lesson a week with my coach and then play a few more times with my brother and my dad.

It wasn’t until the age of fourteen that I decided to take tennis seriously. I got a new coach and started training every day for hours at a time. Even though I was late to begin training seriously I made up for it with my enthusiasm. I started playing ITF junior events, making it to the quarter finals in doubles at Junior Wimbledon in 2001, and at the age of sixteen started playing some satellite tournaments as an amateur, the first rung on the ladder of the professional tour.
It was around this time I started to represent not only my county but my country as well. I played in the Four Nations Tournament, representing England against Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and I played in the European under 18 tournament representing Great Britain in Switzerland. The highlight of my amateur career on the pro circuit was playing Wimbledon Qualifying a few years in a row.

I started traveling not only all over England to play in tournaments but Europe as well and finally out to Australia the year after I graduated high school. It was there I realized that the life of the tour wasn’t for me. I was ranked 374 in the world in singles and thereabouts in doubles and on the rise in both but the lifestyle wasn’t for me.

I chose to go to Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and from there never looked back. By the end of my freshman year I had won 28 matches in a row, was named the ITA National Player to Watch, was ranked in the top ten in the NCAA rankings and was Big Ten Freshman and Player of the Year.

At the end of my senior year and my competitive career I had won the NCAA Doubles, twice won the National Indoor Doubles tournament, been ranked one in the nation in singles and doubles, was a four time All American in singles, a 3 time All American in doubles, won the ITA National Sportsmanship award and the ITA National Player of the Year award and was Northwestern’s NCAA woman of the year.

I graduated Northwestern and went straight into coaching the Yale University’s women’s team as the assistant coach. The head coach and I took the unranked team and shaped them into what is now a top 25 program.
The year after that (the commute to Yale being too long from RI) I was the assistant coach to the women’s team at URI.

I now teach privately and run my own tennis camp each summer. I have played and taught at the highest level and now it is time to get some of my experiences and thoughts down on blog.

I  hope you will join me!

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