December 18, 2007
It has been a while since I have written. This has
been an eventful year and I feel very lucky to be in the position I
I played my last tournament in June in Italy. It was heartbreaking
to not be able to perform at my best due to my leg injury.
I returned home to Florida one week later still not content with my
game ,so I decided to start a new chapter.
Back when I was playing my best I never thought I would enjoy
coaching. Whenever I watched my friends, I always got anxious and
wanted to go out on court and play too!
In June I began coaching a 17 year old girl, helping her to improve
on consistency and in match play. My knowledge from my experiences
just came flowing out when we practiced and I loved helping her.
In August I began coaching and mentoring another up and coming young
player. We traveled to ITF junior tournaments, so I experienced all
the grind again and emotions that my coach must have felt from the
sidelines! It might be tougher to watch than play, I am not sure
In November I took a PTR tennis teaching certification course and
passed with the highest level for a coach. So now I am also a
Professional Tennis Coach!
With the knowledge I have gained in the last five months I feel like
I am playing better and playing with nothing to lose, I wish I would
have always played this way!
On December 15 I was invited to play an exhibition mixed-doubles
match against Martin Damm, former US Open doubles champion and
currently ranked 12 ATP in doubles. Wow...that was fun.
My partner and I won in a tie break, but I have a feeling Martin did
not play all out, or maybe I am just getting that good...hhmmmm.
Maybe I will enter more tournaments...
For now though, I am entered in classes at a local college and
coaching tennis. I hope to stay involved in tennis the rest of my
life along with personal training and Nutrition.
Thanks to Michael and John for creating and maintaining this
fabulous web site.
Thanks to Ian, Seth, Chris, Fritz, Lance, Alex, Rapha, Mark, Sandra,
Linda, the WTA staff, Bunny, Missy, Donna, Dessie, Billie, my mother
and father and everyone who has helped and supported me throughout
my career. I am so grateful for everything. I loved and appreciated
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
July 19, 2007
During the past few weeks, I have been doing rehab and getting a lot
My hip flexor is healing so I am feeling good. It feels strange to
not constantly be on a plane, flying to another city and tournament.
It almost feels like I am on vacation! I miss the competition and
excitement at the tournaments.
Today I started taking an at home course to get my personal trainer
certification. So now I am going to start learning what I can do to
improve my fitness level and in the future help others as well.
I have been out of school for nine years, so this should be
interesting, I hope I remember something!
All the best!
July 4, 2007
Happy Fourth of July!
This is one of the first years I am home to celebrate.
So tonight it is all about food, family and fireworks!
All the best!
June 21, 2007
I hope everyone is having a good summer.
It is pretty hot here in Florida now. I spent last weekend at the
beach and in the water most of the time!
I withdrew from the rest of my tournaments in June because I am
rehabbing a leg injury and getting rest. So I have taken up new
activities like Tai Chi.
Yesterday was my first class and upon entering the class an older
woman approached me and started up a conversation about the class.
She was apparently a regular, and I was impressed at her enthusiasm
even though she was a bit hunched over and frail she was still
taking care of her body.
But she looked at me very sternly when she found out this was my
first class and warned me "This is not a class for beginners"! It
was so funny to hear her concern, she might have been four times my
But I think she meant well. I am checking into on line courses to
become a Licensed Nutritionist as well.
So if anyone has any information on good schools or programs feel
free to let me know!
All the best!
May 19, 2007
Currently I am overlooking the European side of
Istanbul and the Marmara Sea from my hotel room.
Today I visited the Bosphorus Bridge that connects the European side
of Turkey to the Asian side. It was beautiful and very interesting to
know that one country lies on two continents!
This is my third week playing in Turkey. The last few tournaments were
held in resort villages in Antalya. The hotel rooms were walking
distance from the Mediterranean and the courts.
I made some German friends in Ali Bey Club and my last night there I
watched a typical Turkish dance show. Maybe I will be able to Belly
dance when I return???!!!
I have one week off in Hamburg Germany, visiting family, before I
begin playing in Galatina Italy.
All the best.
March 31, 2007
Hola Mi Amigos!
I spent last week playing in Coatzacoalcos Mexico, the site of one
of my first pro events in 1999.
My host family were my angels! Eduardo, Maria Fer, Valeria and
Leonardo took me into their home for one week, and I must also
mention Drago and Queen, the two labs who guarded the house were
This week I am playing in Hammond Louisiana. This is my third time
playing here, it is such a small town, I know my way around here
like a local!
I participated in Kids Day, where some of the pros taught and played
with children ranging from age 5 to 17. My first group
consisted of three very cute 5 year olds! We had a lot of fun.
All the best! Thanks for the support!
February 26, 2007
Hi from Vegas!
I did not bring much cash with me on purpose! So far I won $3 my first
time gambling on roulette!
The Tennis Chanel Open is a great tournament, combined with the men,
we have a lot of spectators and events, and The Strip is about 20 min
from the site.
I have been rehabbing a minor hip flexor strain that unfortunately was
not yet 100% for this tournament.
So the rest of my time here will be spent walking The Strip and
watching others gamble!
I have not been here since I was 7, all I remember is Casino Casino
and the kiddie games!
All the best!
February 15, 2007
I had a wonderful week in Hawaii when I played the tournament there
end of January. I also made a new friend...( I will send the picture
of me and my friend to the web site :))
The last two weeks have been spent at home training and rehabbing a
hip flex-or injury. My therapist Aaron Mattes has helped me
tremendously throughout my career, and I owe my fast recovery to
My next tournament will be in Clearwater FL, which is about one hour
from my home, so I look forward to competing again. Hope everyone
had a good valentines day!
November 30, 2006
Hello from beautiful San Diego! I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, I was able to spend it at home with my friends and family, cooking and eating a lot!
I arrived in San Diego on Friday and have been enjoying the weather and resort like atmosphere in the Santaluz club where the tournament is being played this week. Aside from tennis I have been spending my time with my host family and their cute dog Holly (I think I want to take her home with me!).
Aside from tennis I have been spending my time with my host family and their cute dog Holly (I think I want to take her home with me!).
My friends from LA drove down to see me, and one day we were tourists driving up the scenic coast, to La Jolla and watched seals just come on the beach to sleep. I would not mind owning one of the homes there one day!
This is my last tournament of the year, so I am going all out and then I have a week off. I am not sure what I am going to do with myself next week!??!! Christmas weekend I am going on vacation to South Carolina, I would love to see snow but that would probably be pushing my luck!
August 24, 2006
I am writing from one of my favorite cities in the world, New York
Thank you to everyone who came out to support me. I recognized
some people from last year and I loved being out there.
I just had a bad day on court, so I am disappointed, but enjoying
New York while I am here, because most of all, I am just happy to be
here and to have the opportunity to compete in my favorite
I will be back!
July 31, 2006
Hi Everyone! It feels wonderful to be back in the US. Yesterday,
I decided to withdraw from the tournament in Washington and return
home to Florida, to rest and regroup.
My goal is to play well in my upcoming tournaments and finish this
season in the top 100.
So my training for the next few days consists of, going to the
beach, dancing, eating and sleeping a lot! I will then have two
weeks of tough training with Sandra before I return to the tour.
Thanks for all the support and see you all again soon!
July 4, 2006
Hi Everyone! It feels great to be back home in the States, but I
had a great time in Europe.
Paris is definitely one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in
the world! I took time to visit the Eiffel Tower and the
Louvre- which was so modern and would probably take me a week to see
all the sculptures and paintings.
I enjoyed eating crepes too (after my match though!). In
between the French and Wimbledon, I played for a club in Florence
and then a tournament in Grado, Italy. I feel pretty lucky
that I was able to visit all of these beautiful cities and see the
Prior to returning to the States, I visited friends and family in
Villingen and Hamburg, Germany, two very charming cities. This week
I am playing in College Park, Maryland and I am staying with
friends. It is nice to sleep in a cozy house opposed to always
staying in a hotel.
February 16, 2006
I feel very fortunate to have participated in two of my favorite
tournaments recently, the challengers held in Waikoloa, Hawaii and
Tim Didonato, the tournament director of the tournament held on the
Big Island of Hawaii, arranged to have a sail boat take the players
and guests to go whale watching on the Pacific. It was beautiful and
amazing to see the whales breach the surface so close to the boat.
I made the most of my stay that week, went to a Luau, walked on an
active volcano, and drove around the entire island. We visited
scenic points with breathtaking views of waterfalls flowing into the
valleys and the ocean.
Midland Michigan has a bit of a different feel than Hawaii, with
temperatures in the teens and snow! This tournament offers housing
and I am staying with my friends The Pool's again this year.
I had the opportunity to speak to several Elementary school classes
this week about what life is like on the tour. The fourth and fifth
graders were very enthusiastic about what countries I have been to,
who I have beaten and they broke out in cheers when they found out
my favorite color is pink!
January 18, 2006
Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had as much fun over the holidays as I did!
My coach Sandra Cacic, pushed me very hard in practice to prepare me
for this year, so I am excited to return to the tour.
My first tournament was in Tampa and it felt great to be able to
sleep in my own bed and spend time with friends, which kept me
relaxed and motivated me to perform well at home....and it worked!
Thanks to everyone who supported me in Tampa, especially on the
extremely cold and windy days!
This week I am playing in a quiet beachfront community, Fort Walton
December 24, 2005
2005 has been a very exciting year for me and I thank everyone
for their support.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing
everyone again in 2006!
All the best!
November 22, 2005
Due to a shoulder injury I sustained after the US Open, I needed
to take time off tournaments to rehab and regroup. I am very happy
to be competing again and will begin my first round in San Luis
Potosi Mexico tomorrow. The tournament is being held at one of the
premier sports facilities in Mexico, so I have to pass the Tae Kwon
Do and swimming classes to get to the courts! I guess I will have to
substitute tacos and fajitas for Turkey this year! Happy
Thanksgiving to everyone!
September 6, 2005
It was exciting competing in my first US Open this year.
From the first moment I picked up a racquet at the age of 10, I
dreamed of playing on center court winning the US Open!
New York is fascinating and anything is possible once you enter the
draw. I loved the enthusiastic crowd and energy they added to the
already motivating atmosphere.
I am so lucky to of had my friends and mother with me in New York.
Thanks to Michael, Alex, Raphael and all of you for your support!
August 14, 2005
Had a great week in Washington DC playing in the Legg Mason. My
first round was against the number 2 seed and the crowd was very
enthusiastic and excited to see the women play there for the first
I had a lot of support and loved signing autographs for the fans.
One day I took time to visit some monuments and the Zoo, but it was
so hot! It is easier for me to play tennis than to walk around
outside in 100 degree weather!
Hope you continue enjoying my web site.
June 19, 2005
Anyong ha se yo! This week I am playing in Incheon Korea. I have
been competing here for two weeks, last week the tournament was held
in Seoul. It was so exciting for me to compete at the site where, in
1988, one of my idols, Steffi Graf, won the Olympics. I am trying to
adjust to the Korean food, but it is so spicy and hot! My hotel is
in China town and some mornings I struggle to remember where I am!
Yesterday I took a walk through Freedom Park where locals play
badminton and tourists can visit a large statue of General Douglas
MacArthur that was constructed to honor him in helping Korea gain
its independence. All the best and hope you continue enjoying my web
May 1, 2005
Konnichiwa from Hamanako Japan! It is so nice to return here,
the locals remembered me from last year and I brushed up on my
Although the court surface is a
little different, synthetic grass with sand, somehow I like it!
The food is so healthy and delicious too, have been
trying the sushi and I wish I could have steak like this at home!
I look forward to two more weeks here.
Hope you keep enjoying my web site!
March 4, 2005
My first tournament of a five week tour began on the Big Island of
Hawaii, in Kona. I feel so lucky to compete here, where I eat
breakfast on the balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean, while watching
the whales breach the surface. I can definitely get used to this!
After my quarterfinal match, a few locals who I befriended, gave me
and my mother beautiful leis, to make the Hawaiian experience
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November 30, 2004
News from the road Tucson:
Enjoyed playing in Tucson, reaching the quarterfinals . The view from
my hotel room was beautiful and the way the sun shone on the mountains
each morning made it look more like a painting. One day walking back
to the room from the courts, we saw a road runner on the golf course.
I have never seen a bird run so fast in my life! Thanks for the
support and I hope you continue to enjoy my web site!
October 28, 2004
Had a successful trip to Nigeria. It is an experience I will never
forget, from the police escorts for one week due to the workers
strike, to enjoying the native foods and seeing the culture and way of
life in Lagos.
It is however ironic that a country where the average income is $2.00
a day, has four women's professional tennis tournaments with a total
prize money of $70,000. This experience made me realize how lucky I
From the Webmaster: Tiffany won the $10,000 singles event in Nigeria and
was a singles finalist and a doubles semifinalist in the $25,000
(October 4) event.
October 14, 2004
Been having a great trip so far. Lebanon is a beautiful country and
the ATCL , site where the tournament was played, overlooked the
Mediterranean and was surrounded by mountains.
I appreciated the great hospitality from the tournament director and
Arrived in Nigeria on September 28 and even though the van waiting at
the airport needed a back wheel before we could depart, the locals
made me feel comfortable and welcome! The Lagos Lawn Tennis Club has a
1000 seat stadium that you see as soon as you enter the club. It is
very motivating playing on center court and the audience gets into it
here! I look forward to one more week here in Lagos Nigeria!
August 13, 2004
Instead of News from the Road...News from Home!
Just returned home from beautiful Vancouver. A minor leg injury kept
me from competing at my best. Now I am home just as Hurricane Charley
is supposed to hit us!
I will begin training and getting physically fit with Pat Etcheberry
these next few weeks that I am home. Bobby Banck, my coach, has been
working on improving my consistency and playing smarter.
For now I will enjoy spending time with my family and friends, but I
am eager to return to the tour!