Ask Ana #35

Ask Ana #35

Sam: Hi Ana: Congratulations on all of your success thus far. I am writing to ask about your hitting partners when you are on the road. Do you have a practice partner that travels with you or is David your main hitting partner? I was a hitting partner for some top pros a few years ago and am looking to get back into it. How do you find people to practice with? Thanks Ana!!!
Ana: Thanks for your compliment. I don’t have a practice partner that travels with me. I either hit with another player or with David. Usually David arranges who the players are, either by talking to them or their coaches.

Redwan: Hey Ana, my question is....What would be the aspect of tennis that you least like?
Ana: Definitely being away from my family for so much of the year. That is the hardest part.

Ellyn: Hi Ana: Once you've finished playing professional tennis, do you have any other career aspirations?
Ana: It’s a little early to be thinking about another career when really my tennis career is only at the beginning! Education is very important and I will probably start some university course when I have done all my school exams. But I haven't thought about another career.

Peter Canuck: Hi Ana, My wife and I were fortunate enough to watch you play doubles vs. Groenefeld/Shaughnessy at the US Open and I actually sat next to your coach and mum (even saved her from sitting in some gum!). As soon to be parents ourselves, I was wondering what you think were important steps in your development as a player and what steps parents can take in making sure their children have a fun and rewarding time playing tennis? Thanks and keep up the great play! Peter in Canada
Ana: Thanks for helping my mum! I think that the most important thing is that the child wants to play tennis. I loved tennis right from the beginning. It was always me asking my parents if I could play, not the other way around. So I would say that you must not force your child to play tennis. If they don’t enjoy it maybe you can find another sport, or some children don’t like sports at all. If they do like tennis then the important thing is not to put pressure on them. They will enjoy it more this way, if the desire is coming from them. There are many ways you can introduce your child. Just hitting for fun in your garden is a nice start to see if they like it. If they do, you can take them to have lessons.

Friedl Peter: What is the priority in your training improvement, to get more aggressive (e.g. to go more often to the net if possible) or to stabilize your game in all points?
Ana: I would say both these things. I don’t think I have any big weakness but definitely there are so many parts of my game that I must improve. I am working hard on all areas.

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