Nina Stojanovic

February 25, 2021

“I started playing tennis at age six. I would interrupt my older brother and play during his practice. My parents dedicated their lives to my tennis and my dad drove me to practice every morning before work. I fell in love with the feeling of being on court and winning matches because of your will. But I grew up in a society where people appreciate you only when you win. They do not realize how much work goes into each victory. You also have to work on other aspects to become a complete person. Each life experience defines me but there is still a long road to develop. Perhaps I am halfway there. At fifteen, I traveled to Thailand for a tournament. Before my first match, I felt very tired and sick so I went to the hospital. I was diagnosed with mononucleosis. I was very angry and disappointed. I stayed in the hospital with an IV for weeks and could not move or swallow because of the pain. My body was covered in rashes and I lost over 20 pounds. I thought I was never going to get back on the court. My dad slept on the hospital couch

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