Hannah Berner

September 29, 2019

September 29, 2019 “When I was around nine years old, I told my parents I wanted to be a professional tennis player. I played all sports but there’s something in tennis where being alone out there and improving felt so fulfilling. I loved just moving my body, and honestly it helped me as a hyper kid, to stay sane and be successful in other parts of my life. I’d probably be a murderer if I didn’t hit a tennis ball. Joking of course. By 14, I was ranked top 15 in the nation and I was told that if I wanted to go pro, that I would have to go to Florida. I think when I got there I started feeling pressure because of the money my parents spent to send me there. I started to lose touch with the love of the game. It just started to feel like I needed to win and be successful. I lost touch with the journey and was focusing on the results. I think a lot of tennis players are perfectionists. We’re all high-functioning, high-performing anxious people. I’d get the yips and lose my second serve for two months at a time. After

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