My name is Jasmine Adams, I’m 17 years old and I am a tennis player. I have been playing tennis for around 12 years now. I have been playing tennis for most of my life. I love the competitiveness and challenges of the game. I currently play at an Australian level and at an international level both in my age group and also open league. I am currently at an Open Women’s Australian career ranking of 45, U18 junior international ranking of 558 and open women’s international ranking of 1,459. I train four mornings per week before school and every day after school for approximately around 20 hours a week. I travel interstate to complete throughout the year. I also have some amazing experiences travelling to some countries including Thailand, New Zealand and Switzerland.
Over time I have learnt to manage my time well and balance my school and tennis. From my tennis I have learnt a lot of life skills such as organisation skills, time-management skills, problem solving skills, communication skills, and money management skills. To be a high performing tennis player I have to be disciplined, self-motivated and work hard. Tennis is an individual game which means that you must be mentally strong as you are out on the court by yourself. This is what I love about playing tennis, the challenge of problem solving and using different shots to outsmart your opponent.
Recently I have had the privilege to play in the Junior Australian Open. This was an amazing experience, playing at Melbourne Park were all the professional were playing. Just being there was amazing, being able to see the way professionals act both on and off the court. It cool to say that I have been in a grand slam before and I have also won my first game in a grand slam as well!
After Year 12 I am looking to go to college in America on a tennis scholarship. I am currently in the process of going to America next month and looking at a variety of different schools around America. This is an exciting process for me as it has been one of my goals ever since I was young.
As a tennis player I am very consistent with my shots and run everything down. Most people dread playing me because I don’t make many mistakes. I am currently starting to compete in pro circuit tournaments. This has been a good experience for me. I can’t wait to see where my tennis journey takes in the future.