Getting to Know: British Tennis player Eden Silva
Eden Silva is a Singles and Doubles player taking part in newly created Progress Tour Women’s Championships in London this month. She’s definitely ready to get back out on the court!
Eden describes herself as ‘fierce’, on and off the court. She also believes life tribulations only make a person stronger and she speaks from experience. After recovering from a serious knee injury in 2015, Eden opens up about keeping a positive mindset, loving family time during the lockdown and exploring her pathway in fashion outside tennis.
- Current ranking WTA 486 (singles) / WTA 186 (doubles)
- Career-high singles ranking 424 (2019)
- Reached Wimbledon mixed doubles quarter-finals w/ Evan Hoyt in 2019
Getting to Know: British Tennis coach Josh Wilson
To keep him busy during the lockdown, Josh created YouTube channel ‘Josh Teaches Tennis’ offering hints and tricks from a coaching perspective.
Professional tennis starts to make a slow return. So, I wanted Josh’s thoughts on the Schroders Battle of the Brits at the National Tennis Centre. This exhibition tournament features the top British males in the singles and the doubles.
Also, he tells me about the magical time teaching tennis in New Zealand, how the future is bright in men’s tennis (a lot of love for Nick Kyrgios) and working alongside Mark Petchey.
Getting to Know: British Tennis junior player Samuel Rayner
Sam Rayner has a plan. He wants to win his first ITF title and knows this takes sacrifice. But, he is prepared for this.
He tells me about coping with lockdown, developing his tennis game style while still growing (he stands at 6′ 5) and thoughts on the news PS 5 design.
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Olivia French
Olivia French trains and studies at Durham University. She’s reading Mathematics and as you’ll hear, it’s my least favourite subject – ever. Olivia loves it. Like really loves it! Like most tennis players, she’s using creative training methods staying home while taking online tutor lessons.
Olivia tells me why she changed from playing football to tennis aged seven, using stats to improve her game and getting involved in Park Run.
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Emily Appleton
Emily Appleton loves playing in front of big crowds and is hungry for the big stage. Moving from juniors to seniors is no mean feat, yet she’s managed it seamlessly.
From her sunny and beautiful back garden, Emily tells me why she chose a Sky Sports scholarship, what she needs to do rising up the tennis ranks and the challenge using paleo ingredients for baking.
- Current WTA ranking 675 (March 2020)
- Career-high singles ranking 501 (2018)
- Two ITF titles
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Ryan Peniston
Ryan Peniston. British Born (Essex massif!) with Malaysian heritage. Our 20-minute conversation flew by and I barely scratched the surface hearing about Ryan’s journey so far. He’s a cancer survivor, moved to France aged 13 before heading to Memphis, USA and strong dreams breaking the Top 100.
He breaks down the ‘left-hand’ player myth (plays left hand, two-handed backhand), working with Coach Dad and keeping himself occupied while tennis is suspended.
- Current ranking 394 (March 2020)
- Career high ranking 359 (November 2019)
- Two ITF titles on hard courts
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Fran Jones
Fran Jones is no ordinary tennis player. Born with a rare genetic disorder ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia (EED), Fran learned to adapt her game style to play tennis. But, the word ‘impossible’ is not part of her vocabulary. Not only is Fran managing her syndrome, but she also moved to Spain as a young girl to live and train to be the best.
She tells me why Spain won out against the US for training abroad, seeing different Grand Slam winners on the WTA tour (Serena Williams gets a shout out) and how would her friends describe her?
- Current WTA ranking 322 (March 2020)
- Career-high ranking 297 (June 2019)
- Selected for Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Association Pro Scholarship Programme – funding for British players whose governing body believe will crack the top 100.
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Millie Rajecki
Millie Rajecki is heading to NC State University, North Carolina USA later this year for training and study – subject to coronavirus travel restrictions, of course.
She tells me how she’s keeping fit during the lockdown, why the court is the only place she can express herself and the deep love for Marks & Spencer (M&S) Percy Pigs!
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Tara Moore
Who is Tara Moore? Loves tennis, loves being a dog mum and passionate for lower-ranked players to have a voice in the game. We chatted around half-an-hour talking the industry (so much to unpick!), life under lockdown in Michigan USA and her desire for better distribution of Grand Slam prize money.
- Career high ranking 145 (May 2017)
- Running for ITF Player Council
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Holly Hutchinson
Holly lives and trains at Old Dominion University, ODU in Virginia USA. Following a whirlwind few months, hear how she’s coped with the massive changes in her life, what’s her motivation to become a professional tennis player and what’s the one thing she’s working on right now.
- Beat a top 10 (#2 Cameron Morra) ranked player in the US university system
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Vic Allen
Back in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic, Vic studies and trains under the US collegiate system in sunny Florida. Hear why she moved Stateside, running up Derbyshire hills as part of her training programme and accidentally hitting tennis balls into her neighbour’s back garden.
- Trains and studies Sports Management at Florida State University, US
- Reached last 16 of the Australian Open Junior Tennis in 2019
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Jodie Burrage
Hear my insightful conversation with Jodie on keeping fit during social isolation, her disappointment missing two grass court seasons and perfecting her golf swing in her back garden.
- Burrage has won three ITF titles
- Career high ranking 233 (June 2019)
- Current ranking 289 (as of 16 March 2020)
Getting to Know: British Tennis player Katy Dunne
Hear my insightful conversation with Katy on the impact of coronavirus on tennis, Wimbledon being pushed to 2021 and how she is keeping using tyres to keep fit.
- Dunne has won six singles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Women’s Circuit
- Career-high ranking 212 (May 2018) / current ranking 325 (as of 16 March 2020)
- Made her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the 2014 Aegon Classic (Birmingham, UK)