1. When were you first introduced to tennis?
It was when I was 8 years old. I come from a tennis family, my father still plays tennis and my brother has his own tennis academy in Texas.
2. Why is the EGLSF important to you and Smashing Pink?
The EGSLF is important to me because I feel that being part of the federation I am contributing in making a difference in the sport world when it comes to LGBT players.
Through the EGLSF, Smashing pink can promote their activities to the rest of Europe.The network of 115 member organisations really means a lot to a club like Smashing Pink.
3. What’s the most memorable match you played?
The most memorable match I played was in Brussels like two years ago. It was at the final and we were at the tie break and we needed just one point to win. I did the best match point ever, it was almost impossible to hit the ball from way back behind the baseline and I managed to hit it right and the ball landed on the net and fell to the other side. Everybody was amazed that it happened.
4. What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Keep the eye on the ball all the time and don’t rush to hit a winner.
5. What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
My biggest challenge is try to control my nerves during the finals. I can play very relax until I am in the finals then my nerves take over. I try to manage this by forgetting that I am in the finals and that I am just playing for fun. Well, in hasn’t work so far.
6. What was the best advice you were ever given?
Play tennis in a relax way and enjoy it no matter what the score board says.
7. Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?
Treat everyone the same way and respect others opinions.
8. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Love is my inspiration.
9. Clay/Grass or Court?
Clay, definitely clay.
10.When is your next big tournament?
My next big tournament will be the Pinkster tournament in Amsterdam from the 1st of June till the 5th, and you can still register here!
Any Advice to someone who is thinking about coming out in tennis?
Just do it. Tennis is a very social game and you will feel yourself within tennis player. That is my experience so far.