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Emily Webley-Smith (Touring Pros)
Birth date:
14/07/84

Birth place:
Bristol

Residence:
Bristol

County:
Avon

Current Coach/Squad:
Pete Russell

Current sponsors:
Nike, Fischer, Proton, Toshiba, Alcatel, Virgin

Plays:
Right handed with Fischer Pro One

How did you start playing tennis?
Mum was a P.E teacher and Dad was a top amateur cricketer and footballer.They encouraged me to play a wide variety of sports. I played tennis in the garden with a 'swingball' and at the cricket ground where my dad was club captain.

What is your best tennis moment?
Winning the singles and doubles of a junior international tournament in the Azores

What is your most embarrassing tennis moment?
Taking off my tracksuit bottoms without realising I hadn't put my skirt on beforehand!

Describe yourself in 5 words:
Individual, Deep, Emotional, Optimistic and Resilient

If you didn't play tennis what would you like to do?
Travel the world as a translator and play hockey for England

Do you collect anything as you travel around the world?
Memories and experience.

Has anything funny or unusual happened to you on the tour?
My team was stuck in a military coup in Ecuador and I had no idea when I landed in Peru alone at the age of 15. Before I knew it I was rescued by the British ambassador and went to stay at his mansion in Lima. The trip continued with riots in Bolivia and Chile!

Which tennis player do you most admire and why?
Thomas Muster for his resilience to succeed against all odds.

What do you like most and least about playing tennis?
I love the individuality and competitive nature of the game and really enjoy travelling the world. I'm not too keen on the constant packing and living out of bags on the road!

What 5 words would you use to describe the life of a British tennis player?
Tough, Demanding, Exciting, Sometimes lonely.

With the benefit of hindsight, is there anything you would do differently for your tennis?
I would have stayed with the coach who believed in me and in the environment I loved instead of moving away to join a squad.

Do you have any comments about the state of women's tennis today?
Tough as hell!

Do you have a favourite quote?
Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams.

Highlights
Emily was our no. 1 junior player and represented Great Britain in all junior age groups. She has competed at Junior Wimbledon since the age of 14 and has a host of junior singles and doubles titles to her credit. She recently came back from a serious ankle injury.


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