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25
April

lauren on track Lauren Embree Comeback Blog #4

 

(April 24, 2014) –  Three and a half months!! 14 weeks!!! It has been that long since I went under the knife, and what a journey it has been.  We are almost in May, and I am right on track with my progress.  I flew back out to Vail, CO where I had my hip surgery at the ten week mark and met with the doc as well at the PTs. They did some tests on me, and had nothing but good news for me.  Seeing the doctors that did my surgery and them tell me that my hip was looking strong, that I was on track and making great progress was exactly what I was hoping to hear from them.

As tough as the rehab as been up to the ten week mark, they did warn me that the next month would be even more difficult for several reasons. One being that my hip will start to feel good and I will want to get back out there and back to my old self right away. Clearly that is not how hip surgery works. You have to progress with baby steps to get to where you want to be.

For example, when they gave me a running program I looked at it, looked back at my coach, and started laughing. It said running 1 minute, walking 3 minutes for 20 minutes, followed by the next week running 2 mins, walking 3 etc.  Let me tell you….getting on the track doing that was almost a tease!! It seemed so easy, but for me I had to realize that running for a minute is a lot of work on the hip that the doctor just cut open a few months ago.

So things like that took some patience on my end. With each week my progression is getting more difficult, I am sore every day because my legs are trying to get back to where they once were.

I am at week 14, and starting to play tennis!! I am moving from the baseline, hitting some serves, doing some lateral movement and tennis specific drills.  To think that I am three and a half months out and making this much progress makes all the early mornings and painful rehab worth it!!  My first tournament is scheduled at the end of June/beginning of July, and the doctors and physical therapists all think I will be ready to go by then!

I couldn’t be more thankful for the group of people I have had behind me.  My progress has not just been because of me. It has been the hard work of my trainer, Kelly, here and all the trouble I have given her. (just kidding). Also the support of my family and coaches, Roland calling me “gimp” every day I walk in has motivated me to kick his butt even more when I get back! I plan to go to NCAAs with the team, and then from there train out in California for a while.

Oh yeah, last thing.. I’m GRADUATING!!! May 3, I will walk across the stage as a University of Florida graduate and I couldn’t be more excited. Although being at Florida and playing for Gator Nation has been the best five years of my life, I cannot be more excited for what’s in store for me in the future.. GO GATORS!!

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14
March

embree rehab Lauren Embree Comeback Blog #3

 

(February 25, 2014) – HAPPY WEEK 6 TO ME!!!! I know six weeks seems like not that long, but it feels like a whole new milestone to me.  From week 3-6 when I last wrote, not a whole lot has changed with my exciting life!   Today was the first day I could do the elliptical and I had permission from my PT to do some bike intervals on a low resistance.  Another exercise that made me happy to hear I could do was body weight squats, and some bodyweight RDLs.

A lot of my rehab is stretching, which has never been my strong suit, so after all this is over if I’m not more flexible then we did something wrong here.  Swimming has been my main form of exercise besides some upper body lifting, and it has been a lot of fun, but also very difficult.   I am not quite sure what I would do without my athletic trainer here at Florida, she is with me from 7:30-9:00 in the morning and then from 2-4 in the afternoon,  helping me with my rehab, and then comes to all my PT appointments that I have. SHE IS THE BEST to say the least (It’s a good thing I like her) =).  Six weeks down, six more to go!!

Last thing….my college coach, Roland thinks it’s funny to write sticky notes saying things like “GIMP” and then post them on the windshield of my car. See this is funny…..but he makes a joke every day about how he can beat me in a sprint now, or beat me in a baseline game….Yes Ro, you can beat me when I have one leg….but I can’t wait until I am back so I can beat up on the old man again just like old times!!

 

(March 13, 2014) - WEEK 8-  YES, WEEK 8!!! I can’t believe it has already been two months since my surgery!  I remember week two saying to myself two more weeks of crutches, this is awful….now only another week or two before I can ease my way into running again!  My rehab has been getting more challenging everyday for me because we are adding a lot of dynamic stability exercises to strengthen my muscles, and some agility work, which I’m a little rusty at!! One thing I will admit is that I was not very good at stretching before this minor incident, and now my trainer told me I went from least flexible on the team, to most (So yes, I’m going to brag about that)!!

I am going back to Vail next weekend for my follow up. That will be the ten week mark, and after this visit I will have more of an idea of how much I can push myself with running, and agility exercises.  Being an athlete, which I am sure some of you can relate, you want to push yourself all the time, and since my hip is feeling better I sometimes think I can just hop right back into training. Unfortunately it doesn’t really work that way, so I have to be constantly reminded to slow it down a little, and follow the rehab program that was given to me.  For those of you that know me, I can be a little stubborn at times, so when my trainer says to do 3 sets of 15 clam shells, I ask to do 20, and we some how compromise to 17 or 18, which makes me happy.

This entire journey has been up and down every single week. I have some really really good days where I think I can go run stadiums for hours, and then some really really bad days where I wake up and my hip is so sore, I could have thought I just woke up from surgery again. Also there are days where I don’t want to wake up early before my internship to get rehab in, but you have to look at the big picture and think each time you do rehab is one step closer to getting on the court! It can get frustrating, but with the right mindset and dedication to rehab, having a positive outlook, and people around you who encourage you every day, it really makes things a lot easier! I have been lucky enough to have a great support system around me, and help from a lot of people to keep the spirits up when things get a little rocky! I cannot WAIT until I can hit that little yellow ball around again!

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10
February

(January 28, 2014) – Well I have completed two full weeks of rehab, and good news…. I get to start some new exercises today! After my swimming session early this morning, I was informed about this arm bike I should give a try, because I needed to get some sort of sweat going for my own sanity.  The arm bike is very underestimated. I will admit after a good 15 minutes on that thing, with a pretty high resistance, I had drops of sweat coming down my face so I was feeling a little better. I was also able to get an upper body lift in today which tomorrow I will probably feel the affect of.

One strange thing about this surgery is that they tell you there is a possibility of your foot or leg becoming numb from them pulling so hard on it. The nerves tend to get aggravated and that could have some affect to your leg. , Well..that happened, and I still have no feeling in the top of my right foot, which is strange to me, but I guess things could be worse right? I just hope it comes back at some point, but right now I don’t really need my foot, so I’m not too worried about it =)

I had my coaching debut this weekend with the Gator team, and it felt so good to be back out there and in that environment. Roland jokes to me all the time how now I will get a taste of what it was like being on the other side of trying to coach when emotions are flying high….he likes to remind me I wasn’t the easiest one to deal with, and I will be the first to admit that, but I enjoy helping these girls any way that I can!

(January 30, 2014) – Coming up on the end of week 2…about 10 more weeks to go before I can do really any physical activity with my legs, or have a tennis racket in my hand!! Being in Gainesville with the amount of support and help I have behind me definitely makes time go by a little bit quicker.  I have to give a special shout out to my athletic trainer here, Kelly. She has been doing two a days with me since I got here, stuck with me every morning and afternoon, and she is really making rehab as fun as it can be!

Next week  (week 3) is when I can really step up my rehab… I can start doing a tiny bit of resistance on the bike (like maybe turn it on!!!!) I also get my stitches removed, get to add some new stretches, and three weeks means only one more week left of the crutches I was always told I needed to make my triceps stronger, maybe the crutches helped them out?? I also get to get rid of the brace that I have been sporting…this is good news because the brace really clashes with the dress I am wearing for an event next week. =)

I will check in next week….and for all of you who are gator fans, the gator girls play Baylor this weekend…GO GATORS!

(February 7, 2014) – I am coming up on week four my one month mark, and actually feeling really good! I can lose the crutches next week, which is a big step for me.   I have been doing some walking in rehab, which is kind of painful because my hip is so stuff from being on crutches, so working on trying to get my walk back to normal!   I can also lose the CPM machine I have been in for a month, so now I can sleep normally at night. Right now, I am at National Indoors with the team, and play a really tough Virginia team today. I am really enjoying being on the sidelines this time around and helping the girls anyway I can.  It is also keeping me busy and my trainer has been amazing helping me get in my rehab sessions twice a day around our schedule…nothing like a few night swim sessions in the hotel pools and some Gold Gym appearances (because we don’t have a gym in our hotel) on the road…But we have a match to play…be back soon!

28
January

lembree Lauren Embree Comeback Blog #1WEEK 1

Well….first week of surgery….

(January 5, 2014)–In my 15 years of playing and competing in high-level competitive tennis this is my first serious injury. (I have been relatively lucky). I was training for my first full year of playing as a professional tennis player this Winter break, when I felt some serious pain in my hip. Of course, being the stubborn headed person I am, I was thinking it was just really sore, or a minor strain at the worst so I kept trying to play through it. As a few weeks passed, tournaments grew closer; I knew I probably should take care of this by at least going to see a doctor. While I was in Boca for a camp, I was convinced to the local ER to get an X-ray….came back fine. A few days later went for an MRI and a few days after that, got a phone call that I had a torn labrum along with a few other issues in my hip that required surgery. Getting the news really shocked me because I was going in thinking maybe just some tendonitis. Here I was all ready to play tournaments and get my career started, and now I was told I can not play tennis or do any physical activity for me seemed like an eternity.

After talking to my coaches, emailing my sponsor ADNA and filling them in on what was happening with my career, I was ready to take the next step on getting this injury taken care of!
I asked many questions, of course the main one was how long until I can play again. When it all was said and done, the final answer was 4-6 months as a guideline until I can start playing full-go no restrictions. Lets just say I have had better days, but I was ready to have this procedure and make the progress to getting back where I left off!

I could not be more thankful for the support I have received from all my close friends, and everyone involved in my tennis for helping me along the way. ADNA has been nothing but supportive and had full belief I would make a speedy recovery. My coaches, family, and close friends will never know how much they are appreciated and I know they will be here for me every step of the way!

(January 9, 2014) –Fast forward to a couple days later….After a lot of communication with doctors, parents, friends, coaches, I decided to have the surgery out in Vail, CO with a hip specialist. I flew out there with my dad for a week, and was planning for the surgery to happen on January 14, 201.

le bed Lauren Embree Comeback Blog #1

(January 14, 2014) A few hours after surgery. as I sit in my hotel bed, not feeling any pain what so ever, I look up at my leg in some sort of high-tech machine white calf pumps on each leg to prevent blood clots, I have no idea what time it is, what is going on, who is looking down at me, all I know is that I am STARVING, and I NEED FOOD! My dad is at my bedside with a few nurses going over my 8 bottles of medicine I will be on, how long they are keeping pain meds in me, how long I need these fancy crutches for etc, and all I know is that I want some dinner. As time passes, I get my delicious hospital food that I ordered and was in and out of sleep all night. The doctor comes into my room to tell me how well surgery went, and in about a few hours I am going to be in some pain.

3:35 am- The nurses are back …and I am in some serious pain!! Need to try and sleep this off.
6:45 am- Time to TACKLE THE DAY! My dad is picking me up at 7:15 to take me downstairs to start my road to recovery!
7:15-9:15- REHAB. I won’t bore you with all the rehab I just did, but the 20 minutes on the bike with NO resistance..(so basically the bike is not even on) felt like I was on an incline of 10 and pedaling at a speed of 20….it was a rough bike ride. Time to go back to the hotel, put my leg up in this CPM machine and PASS OUT! Rehab again later today and the rest of this week.

(January 18, 2014) Its time to go homeeeee!!! I have never been more excited to get out of a hotel room, leave the amazing room service I was spoiled with for a week, leave the brutal cold weather, and get back to Gainesville. Little every day things like getting into a car, getting up to get food, rolling around in bed, putting on shoes and socks, was all either very difficult to do by myself, or non existent at the moment. Thank god for Poppa Embree who was helping me with everything you could imagine.

10:00am – Traveling with crutches, 2 machines, 2 bags, and a backpack is not ideal considering I can only carry my crutches (so its worse for pops) and in no way easy to do in an airport. Good news though….I get to board with everyone who “needs extra time on the jetway.” Never thought I would say that at 23, but it happened!! I will put in my headphones, watch some Prison Break, and hopefully wake up when we are in Florida.
9:45 pm- WE MADE IT! Having my hip sit like that was not a great feeling, but now I can look forward to my own bed and some sleep!

 

WEEK 2!
(January 20, 2014) MONDAY!! Rehab sets in again with my trainers and PT here in Gainesville. Instead of playing tennis twice a day, I am doing rehab twice a day…a nice little change up for a few months right?? What I am most excited for is my swimming rehab that I get to do twice a day….not only does it feel like I can use my hip with no pain, but I get to “workout” and be a little bit active!!

(January 22, 2014) Long days ahead of me, rehab twice a day, plus finishing up my internship here in Gainesville to graduate….everything does happen for a reason so as bad and unfortunate as this injury is, trying to look at the positive it happened at an okay time. I get to lift some upper body weights today; it is now the little things that I probably get overly excited about. Just to be in a gym, and still be able to do something satisfies me a little bit. My mom also left today, so now I am really on my own. Takes me an extra three minutes to do something, but hey as long as I get there I am happy!

le swim Lauren Embree Comeback Blog #1

(January 24, 2014) Wake up call this week is 6:45 am, in time for some SWIMEX therapy on campus. I am so thankful for my trainer Kelly, and PT Susan taking great care of me while I am here. I just finished getting my Nemo like swim on, now in time for my internship, then back to rehab at 3 pm. Also another positive is that I was given a handicap pass that allows me to park very close, which I know seems like not a big deal but helps tremendously!

I am excited to announce my college coach, Roland Thornqvist asked me to be the Volunteer Assistant while I am rehabbing and recovering here in Gainesville and I could not be more excited to have some extra time with the team. It will also keep me busy, and get my mind off some things, also make the time pass until I can get back on the court again!

—Well it has been about 12 days, I am off all my meds except two, I can get around on my own a little bit better, thanks to my friends and everyone here for helping, each week is getting better and better in PT. Considering I could not walk on crutches without pain, I can ride the bike (still when the bike is literally off) with no pain, and be able to swim with the help of some floaties is all progress to me! This is all a process and a very slow one. It helps me work on my patience skills, and I can’t wait to tackle my rehab next week in hope to be feeling better by the end of week 2! I will keep you all posted =)

Being injured really puts things in perspective and humbles you a little bit. You have to keep having a positive outlook on the cards you are dealt, and I promise I will be back stronger than ever come summer or fall.

29
October

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It’s been awhile since I blogged last, but after a tough loss this weekend in Charlottesville, I wanted to blog about something positive. Within the last month, I accomplished two results that I had yet to do since being on the Circuit. I qualified for my first 100k Challenger and made the finals of my first 15k Future.

Challenger qualies can be a tough transition going from Futures main draws as the cut is usually higher and you don’t get any points until you actually qualify. When I decided to skip the 10k Future in California and go play my first 100k qualifying it was somewhat frowned upon by my coach. This was largely due to the fact that I had won just one match in the previous two Futures. It’s true I didn’t get the results I wanted at those Futures, but I felt like I was playing well and just happened to lose a couple of tight matches.

Against my coach’s recommendation, I headed up to Sacramento for the Challenger qualies. During the first day of practice, I realized the courts were much nicer and slower than the ones I had played on in Costa Mesa the week before. I felt this would set up well for my game style so I was looking forward to seeing my draw.

That night I looked at the draw and saw I was set to face the three seed from Italy, Salvatore Caruso. I went in to the match knowing nothing about him or his game style. In the first set, this did not play a role as I played confidently and won the first set 6-2. Things got a little trickier in the second set as I put myself in a 5-2 hole. I didn’t give up and I fought back to force a breaker, which I won 7-4 to win the set and the match. This was a solid win and had me ready for the second round.

My match up in the second round was Philip Bester. On paper this did not look good for me. He was coming off a Futures final appearance his last tournament, plus he had beaten me the last three times we had played including a month earlier in Calgary 6-3 7-6. If that wasn’t enough, he had beaten me at the same club badly six years prior…yes, six years prior, I don’t forget… This time was different, it was in California and I felt the conditions suited me a bit better.

I started off very solid, but gave a break back and found myself in a tight tiebreaker. Some luck was on my side as I sneaked out the breaker. The second set was not one to remember as I was beaten fairly easily. It was in the third set though where I dug deep. I managed to save a handful of match points before I ended up prevailing in a three hour marathon match. So it was on to the qualifying round.

My opponent in the qualifying round was a good friend of mine, Mico Santiago. He is a bit younger and less experienced than my first two opponents, but I knew I couldn’t take him lightly. Fortunately for me I won 6-2 6-2, but with it being the qualifying round I’ll be honest, I felt a little more tension throughout the match. I was happy about qualifying, but I didn’t have too much time to celebrate as I was scheduled first up the next day.

I drew fellow American and tour veteran Bobby Reynolds in the first round of the main draw. Luckily I was pretty familiar with his game since I was able to see him play a lot at the Challenger in Champaign back when I was in school. We had a roller coaster of a first set. We both had two breaks over the other person. I was feeling good, I felt like my return was on and I was moving really well. After twelve games, we were tied six all and headed to a breaker. Sadly, he played the big points a little bit better than me pulling away 7-4. My good play carried over to the second set. I jumped out to a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately though, I wasn’t able to hold on to the momentum. Bobby fought back and won the second set 6-4 to win the match. I felt like I did some things really well in this match, but going into the indoor Challenger season I realize I need to play the bigger points a little smarter in the future.

This event happened to be a great experience and confidence booster for me moving forward. I really think the momentum in Sacramento carried over to Texas and gave me the confidence I needed to make my first 15k Final. Losing a tight match this weekend in the first round of qualies in Charlottesville hurts, but I have a week to make some improvements and get ready for Knoxville qualifying.

Peace out ADNA readers!

-Dennis

Keep up with Dennis as he continues his comeback on social media: Facebook,  Twitter - @DNevolo1, & Instagram – @DNevolo1

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Categories: Dennis Nevolo, Tennis Pros
22
October

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Hello everyone!

What a long 6 months this has been. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster but I’m grateful and excited to be able to play once again! As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been out from competition since late April due to a shoulder injury. It started ironically in March during a tournament in which I played some of my best tennis and reached my first ever Challenger final in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. During that week I had felt some pain in my right shoulder though nothing out of the ordinary, thinking it was just mild tendonitis.

I took it easy the following training week and arrived in Brazil looking forward to playing a few more tournaments on clay and hoping to peak at the French Open the following month. It was during this trip where my injury got progressively worse. With each tournament I played, the pain continued to get more and more unbearable. I was seeing the physio everyday and was repeatedly told that it was just tendonitis, ice and rest should fix it. Knowing that the French Open loomed around the corner, I decided to cut my Brazil trip short and go back home so I could properly rest and recover in time.

However, as the start of the Open approached I realized that my shoulder was not getting any better and I needed to see a doctor ASAP. After the MRI results came in I knew that my tournament plans needed revision. I was told that I had multiple ganglion cysts and a slight labral tear, surgery might be required. Realizing that my hopes of playing the French Open and Wimbledon were not going to be fulfilled was pretty devastating news. However, thanks to the constant support of my family and friends, I was able to maintain the right perception and stay postive throughout the ordeal.

After discussing with many surgeons and weighing the benefits of surgery and other treatments, I decided to undergo an aspiration. The doctor basically stuck a needle in my shoulder and was guided by an x-ray in which he was able to locate each cyst and drain all the excess fluid. It was the least invasive and quickest way to fix my problem. With this procedure, I just needed to take some more time to rest and let the the tear heal as well as do some therapy to strengthen the shoulder before I could start hitting again.

As you can imagine, I had a lot of free time on my hands throughout all of this. Being at home for 6 months with no traveling was somewhat of a shock to my system, having become so used to traveling for the last couple years on tour. This did give me a lot of time to hang out with old friends and also just do a lot of thinking about life. It’s amazing how fast paced things are while traveling every week and when you just sit back and take it all in, things definitely do get put into perspective. I was able to look back on how I’ve grown as a tennis player as well as a person in the last couple years playing on tour. I’ve been able to do something extremely unique that not many people get the opportunity to do in pursuing my dream of playing professionally.

Although it definitely has had its ups and downs, I would never trade what I’ve been able to do and experience in the last couple years, for anything. Being able to reflect on life and live somewhat as a “normal” person for a few months gave me a fresh outlook and re-ignited the passion within me to continue pursuing my dream. As soon as I got the ok to start hitting again, I tried to get as much as I could out of every training session. The last couple months, I’ve slowly been finding my game again and really can’t wait to compete. My first tournament back will be later this month in Seoul, Korea where I’ll be competing in a $50,000 Challenger. I’m eager to get back onto the right road on my journey, by learning from this brief detour I was forced to take.

Daniel

 

Keep up with Daniel as he continues his comeback on social media: Facebook  &  Twitter - @DanKosakowski

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11
October

Grace Min in her few months wearing Athletic DNA has already accomplished a lot.  She advanced through qualies at both the 2013 French Open & U.S. Open, becoming the first Athletic DNA female pro to play in the main draw of each tournament.

At just 19 years old, she is someone that will continue to grow right along with the brand.  So take a few minutes to get to know Grace.

Remember to follow and support her on Facebook.

IMG 0203 1024x682 Get To Know Grace Min

 

How did you come to play tennis?

My mom played (and still plays) league tennis. She signed me up for summer camp and a league when I was 8. I’ve been on the go since.

Talk about your first major win. How did it feel? Was there a crowd?

I’ll go way back and say 14′s National Clay Courts was my first major win. It was my first gold ball in singles. There was a crowd big enough to make it look like the bleachers were filled. The tournament was finished and I didn’t lose. It was great.

When did you decide that tennis was the career path you wanted to follow?

About 2 years after I started playing.

When did you know you could become a pro?

After I won the Jr. US Open. (2011)

What is your favorite surface? Tournament?

Red clay & Roland Garros

Favorite shot and why?

Forehand. I’ve practiced it the most.

What are your goals for this year?

Top 100

What inspires you?

The next thing that lies ahead.

Did you have any handicaps or hardships to overcome in order to succeed?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have only dealt with obstacles that come from myself or inexperience. I wouldn’t call moving away from home or adjusting to surroundings a hardship.

If you could take back 1 match, which would it be?

If I really thought about this, I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

Who’s game inspires you?

Ferrer, for his work ethic and discipline.

How do you mentally prepare for each match?

By shutting off all technicalities and getting ready to compete.

How important is practicing tennis verses just playing matches?

You need both, but practice is where you improve and tweak little parts of your game that are overlooked in playing.

How did you hear about Athletic DNA?

Through my coach

What part of your personality do you think ADNA best represents?

I think ADNA best represents my excitement and passion for tennis. Like ADNA, I’m fairly new to the field. I’m excited to grow in my career alongside ADNA and start turning heads.

What are your thoughts on wearing the Athletic DNA clothing while you play?

I love wearing ADNA clothing while I play. It’s comfortable, breathable, able to move with me, colorful, unique, and most importantly… cute.

What are your vices?

Netflix, Diet Coke, any type of fruity gum/candy, Buzzfeed

Stranded on a desert island: 3 things you have to have?

- Food
- Phone
- Extra hairband

5 songs currently playing on the Ipod?

- Monday Morning
- Wake Me Up
- Unbelievers
- Treasure
- Young Blood

 

Categories: Grace Min, Tennis Pros
02
October

Back in June, we welcomed Lauren Embree to the team as our first female pro.  Now in the first of a series of questionnaires with our pros, you can get to know Lauren better as she moves up the rankings.

Since signing with ADNA, she has claimed a professional singles and doubles title.

Enjoy, and remember to follow and support her on Facebook & Twitter!

 

When did you know you could become a pro?

I knew I wanted to go pro before I went to college. I wanted to get that college experience of playing for a team and for others, and I knew I always had the rest of my life for the pro tour so now I am really excited to focus everything on my professional career and do what I have always loved which is to compete and work hard to become the best I can be.

What are your goals for this year?

Since I am just getting done with college tennis and transitioning onto the pro tour my goals for this year is to play some challenger level tournaments 25,000/50,000 events to get my ranking up and then to go from there and see where it takes me!

What inspires you?

Being healthy and fit and being able to compete at the highest level possible for me. Also winning and losing. In college, my teammates and coaches inspired me, and it was motivating to try and win not just for yourself but for other people.

What is your favorite surface?

Clay. I grew up playing on clay and learned how to slide and move on it. I wish there were more tournaments on this surface!

Favorite shot and why?

My backhand down the line. I have always loved that shot since I was little and my dad would always make me practice it so I think I was forced to learn how to like it

If you could take back 1 match, which would it be?

If I could take back one match I would say every match I didn’t win.

Who’s game inspires you?

Kim Clijsters. Not only a great tennis player and champion but a better person. I love the way she played, super athletic and always fought no matter what the score with a great attitude.

What are your vices?

Texting too much, procrastination, laying out without sunscreen, frozen yogurt with the unhealthy toppings…

Stranded on a desert island: 3 things you have to have?

- Cell phone
- Running shoes
- Unlimited supply of peanut butter

5 songs currently playing on the Ipod?

- Reach for me (Dimitri)
- Luke Bryan (Crash my Party)
- Can’t Hold Us Down (Macklemore)
- Any thing from T. Swift
- Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)

 

Categories: Uncategorized
04
September

Last week the daunting challenge was narrowing all of the great entries down to our 10 finalists. This week it was even more challenging picking the top 5 winners out of that group. We have finally come to a consensus and here are the winners of the 2013 Athletic DNA Born For This Contest. Thank you again to everyone who entered the contest and helped it be a great success for the second straight year. Each video entered required a lot of hard work and we appreciate all of the time and effort you put into them. Keep up the hard work, beating the competition, and showing everyone you were BORN FOR THIS!

 

 

   ANDRY XEVANDRY         ANNE SCOTT GUGLIELMO

              5TH PLACE                                                      4TH PLACE

                           

 

 

        BEN LEVEY                           EMMETT MOORE

              3RD PLACE                                                       2ND PLACE

                            
 

 

                        CONGRATULATIONS

                            DANIEL LANDA!

                       BORN FOR THIS GRAND PRIZE WINNER 

25
August
rv Check In At The RV & Win
Are You Going To Be In NYC In The Next 2 Weeks? You could win one of our NEW Limited Edition NYC Graphic Tees
Here’s how you enter:
- Take a picture of the RV & post it on Facebook
- In the post, be sure you Check In at the RV by the 7 Train in Flushing on Facebook
- Take a screen shot of your post and email the image to RVTour@athleticdna.com
Every day 5 lucky winners will receive one of the NYC Tees and every other person who enters will receive $20 off at AthleticDNA.com
Good luck and be sure you cheer on all of the ADNA players!!
Official Rules:
You must Check In at the ADNA RV which is parked just outside the 7 Train Stop in Flushing.
Checking In gets you entered in the contest, but to make sure we can contact you, we need your email as well.
No guarantees we will have your exact shirt size.
You can only win one t-shirt, but if you don’t win the first day you can enter once each day.
This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
All information provided will only be used by AthleticDNA and is not being provided to Facebook.

Categories: ADNARVTour, Born For This