We'd like to wish Anna Popescu (in action yesterday below) a very warm welcome to Everyball Tennis as she joins fellow professional Sarah Beth Grey on our PROv3 scheme at HaltonUK (Halton Tennis Centre).
Anna is 22 and lives in Bucks and plays for Hertfordshire. She is an Arsenal supporter and has a rescue dog called Eddie (he's very cute, I met him yesterday and he'll be spending plenty of time with Anna down at the club!). Here's a little more about Anna from Anna:
I grew up playing football (played for Watford). I took to tennis and really enjoyed it and want to make it as a professional (which I class as being able to support myself). My dream goal would be to make top 100 singles or doubles and compete at Wimbledon. I would describe my game style as an all-courter. My other interests are probably what I studied for A levels - psychology and politics. I like following politics (not so much at the moment!) and also learning about the mind and for example factors that affect our behaviour and decisions, between nurture and nature I guess.
The part I love most about tennis is travelling, meeting people from different countries and cultures and learning about how their lives are different or similar to ours. From travelling, I have definitely noticed a media bias in how some countries are reported and that's been really interesting. And I guess I like going out to the gym and working out, eating well (I love trying cuisine from around the world). Apart from that, I enjoy spending time at home with family and friends and of course Eddie!
I trained at Halton around 12/13 years old and really enjoyed it. I love the atmosphere at the club.
PROv3 is a beneficial initiative of Halton UK's charitable projects, the aim being to support aspiring professional tennis players outside the WTA/ATP top 250 develop sustainable careers.
Such vulnerabilities include (but not limited to):
- Potential for high stress/anxiety due to lack of resources to stay with the journey
- Low incomes due to limited prize money at lower tier professional events and can result in early drop-out rates. This is often twinned with the need to constantly pursue elusive ranking points (therefore not resting or training sufficiently) which can lead to burn-out
- Unprepared for life after tennis either when they retire or are forced out of the game due to injury
We seek to achieve this through pursuing our HaltonUK definition of winning which is to identify, gather and mobilise all our resources to go as far as we can. In this our behaviours will be driven by our 3 key values (3V):
Excellence - the quality of being outstanding in all we do
Community - shared learning, experience and support
Teamship - actively willing each other on celebrating success
Over the last 3 years PROv3 has helped Sarah Beth Grey move up to a career high WTA doubles ranking of 146, competing at Wimbledon in the doubles and mixed doubles events this year. Her singles ranking is on the move as well up recently by 60 places to 572.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help support Anna and Beth through PROv3 please contact Mike James, Director of Tennis, HaltonUK/Everyball Tennis - 07958 008312 or email firstname.lastname@example.org