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Today I am excited to share an audio interview I received from the USTA featuring Pro Tennis player Christina McHale.
— Christina McHale (@ChristinaMcHale) May 11, 2020
Most of you know Christina is a US player born in New Jersey who has ranked as high as #24 in singles in the world and #35 in doubles and has reached the 3rd round of all 4 major Grand Slams. She is known for aggressive booming groundstrokes and great footwork.
You may not know that her mother was born and raised in Cuba and that she speaks Spanish as well as a little bit of Mandarin. Ms. Mchale moved to China as her father was assigned there for a job and her and her sister were introduced to 1 hour a day of Mandarin school as children. She can often seen talking to the Chinese players in their language on tour and she says she loves practicing her language skills with them.
— Christina McHale (@ChristinaMcHale) June 30, 2019
Christina McHale is also one of the few American players that has a LaCoste clothing deal and has been representing the brand for over 5 years. She is gonna be able to strut her LaCoste looks at Wimbledon this year as she has now qualified for the Main Draw along with 3 other American girls Louisa Chirico, Catherine Harrison, & Emina Bektas.
IF she makes it through her 1st round match she has the potential to play Serena Williams in the second round and that could be a juicy match! Although Christina has never won against Serena she is one of the few young american girls that has taken a set off the GOAT and seems to give Serena a bit of bother every time they play. I will be watching that one for sure.
In this interview I am playing for you Christina McHale talks about playing tennis as a child and what her focus was as she was learning how to win and what role parents have in the game of an upcoming tennis player which I find fascinating. I have re-recorded the low quality audio questions for clarity sake and hope you really enjoy hearing her thoughts as much as I did.