Vania King Interview : 2x Grand Slam Champion talks winning Wimbledon moment, Asian Heritage, Parent Coaching & Retirement

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This episode is so special I can’t wait to share it with you!  AS it is May, we are celebrating Asian American Heritage Month and interviewing some of the important people who have made an impact in the tennis world. The USTA Committee for Diversity and Inclusion has invited me to be the chairperson for the Asian American subcommittee with the focus of raising awareness of Asian Americans in Tennis.

I am working with a great volunteer team of friends and want to give a shout out to Mike Mora, Ben Yu, George Cheung, Beverly Martin and UJ Neri all whom have contributed there thoughts and time to this initiative.

In this episode we get privilege of hearing from 2 time grand slam champion Vania King!

A fixture on the WTA Tour for the last 15 years, King has won 16 WTA titles in her career—one in singles AT THE 2006 Bangkok TOURNAMENT and 15 in doubles, including two Grand Slam women’s doubles championships at Wimbledon and the US Open, both in 2010 with partner Yaroslava Shvedova. The 31-year-old Californian also reached the women’s doubles semifinals at the 2011 French Open and the quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2012 and 2016, and she teamed with Marcelo Melo to reach the French Open mixed doubles final in 2009. In singles play, King has reached the third round of every Grand Slam except Wimbledon, where she advanced to the second round twice. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 50 in November 2006, just four months after turning pro, and she was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world in doubles in June 2011. King represented the U.S. in eight Fed Cup ties between 2006 and 2011.

VANIA and I talked for over an hour and half and honestly I wish it was longer. Her openness and insights are really inspiring so I hope you love this conversation as much as I do!  This is part one of the conversation.   Lets welcome Champion Vania King to the Tennispal Chronicles. 

 

We will end part one of the discussion here and pick up in the next episode!  One of the great initiatives the USTA Diversity and Inclusion committee has come up with is to start a Junior Tennis scholarship fund for one Asian American up and coming player. 

We have partnered with Tennis Legend Rosie Casals and her non profit foundation Love & Love Tennis Foundation.  If you would like to contribute to the fund, please make a tax deductible donation on their facebook page.  Just search Love & Love Tennis Foundation Inc on facebook and you will find the donation link.  Using the Facebook donation link allows the charity to receive 100% of your donation without any administrative fee so hope you will join us that way.

 

You can also search the hashtags #AAATennis on social media and discover some of the other great Asian American focused content that is being put out there this month.  And finally take a peak at the new webpage that Mike Mora and I have developed which we hope will be the complete guide to Asian American tennis players.  Visit LoveSetMatch.net and click on the Players & Tennis Resources tab to find the page. 

Many thanks to TennisPAL Chronicles to sponsoring this two part interview with Vania King!  They have the best tennis app to find players to connect with in your area and read news about the latest pro tennis tournaments and find a coach!  Visit TennisPAL.com for more information.

Thanks for listening everyone and May all your serves be aces! 


Tennis PAL Chronicles is a tennis podcast to feed your passion for the game! We are tennis fans that interview tennis professionals and discuss tips, news, and reviews for your tennis obsession. Our global Fan Favorite reports are created by passionate fans who share news about their favorite players. Host Phillip Kim is the Tennis Pro at the historic Langham Huntington in Pasadena as well as the Director of Tennis for the City of Azusa and an avid player and coach.  Visit tennispal.com to download the tennis app everyone is talking about and access the show notes!  Send an email to pk@tennispal.com for more information. Download from iTunes here Thanks for recommending and listening!

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