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Gosh we have an insightful and colorful interview for you today! Thanks to my good friend Fo i was able to meet Clarence Alley Thompson IV. Clay as he is better known is an American former professional tennis player and current entrepreneur. He was born here in Socal in Venice, CA, and attended 6-12th grade at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. He was a top-ranked national junior and ended his high school career as the #3 recruit in the country,
Clay Thompson decided to play for Billy Martin at UCLA. During his tenure at UCLA, he earned a BFA in creative writing with a minor in Film/TV, and during the entirety of his 2014 senior season, was the #1 ranked NCAA tennis player. Thompson holds a 119–35 record, one of the highest number of wins for a UCLA player in the school’s history. Clay went on to turn pro and went viral with perhaps one of the funniest tournament tennis videos you will ever see!
IN the interview Clay shares his rise in the juniors, his supportive parent relationship, insights being on the professional tour, coaching WTA rising star Nicole Gibbs, and his new app venture for tennis players MprooV.