It wasn't the dream of many Polish kids to be a tennis star.
To be honest, Poland and tennis don't exactly go hand in hand. We don't have a strong history in the sport or players to look up to, so kids aren't leaping at the chance to play. But my Dad grew up playing and had been a coach, and he was determined that his daughters would take up the sport as well.
And from the time I was 5 years old, I had a racquet in my hands and my Dad by my side coaching me.
Of course, practicing in Poland is a lot different than learning to play tennis in Florida. For one thing, there are Poland winters, which means along with your racquet, there is a pair of gloves, a scarf and a hat in your gym bag. These were basically our essentials for playing tennis. No exceptions.
My sister and I would wake up early before school, before the sun came out, so we could get in a couple of hours on the courts. And this is where the gloves came in handy, because when we left to play it was no more than 30 degrees outside. Inside the facility wasn't much better, maybe a few degrees warmer.
But Dad knew we could be successful tennis players.
It was hard for me to get up in the morning, but my sister Urszula would always be ready with her Read More