Get to Know Audra Anderson
Meet Audra Anderson, one of our incredible Tennis Ambassadors from Carbondale, Illinois. From coaching collegiate tennis to creating her very own tennis academy (Anderson Tennis Academy), Anderson has seen every side of the game. We caught up with her to see how she has been promoting the game of tennis throughout her community.
Tennis Ambassadors are dedicated volunteers who promote the sport of tennis in their communities through their social media channels and by advertising local tennis tournaments and programs in their area. Learn more here.
Q: How did you get into tennis?
A: My older brother started into tennis, and I always went to the practice to watch. I think they always had an odd number so the teacher asked if I wanted to join in some of the games. Then, she told me to ask my parents if I could join in, too. After that I was hooked and practiced every day. I coached college tennis for 16 years until my program was cut because of budget cuts with the state. Then, I started my own Tennis Academy and have been doing that for three years now.
Q: Why do you think tennis is a sport worth sharing?
A: It is a great sport that can keep you constantly learning things about yourself, teaching you life lessons, even teamwork. It is a great sport to keep you in shape from age three to age 90. It is a great stress reliever and social sport, as well.
Q: Why did you want to become a Tennis Ambassador?
A: It is an honor to promote tennis, but it is easy for me, because I really believe in it and what it has to offer.
Q: What is your favorite tennis memory?
A: Has to be as a college coach, getting to the Final Four of the NAIA Nationals or getting to the Finals of the MVC Division I conference tournament with my teams. I get so proud of my players and how hard they work.
Q: How has tennis improved your life?
A: It has taught me a lot of life lessons. It has been my career.
Q: Why would you encourage someone to get invovled in tennis?
A: It is a life sport, so good for your life longevity.
Q: What is your best advice?
A: As a coach, my advice to you is you're never too young to improve yourself! Never stop learning! Take a clinic, Take a lesson, you'll be shocked what it can do.
I think sometimes also we can get stuck in what we do: playing always the same doubles groups, or going to the same clinics. Challenge yourself by changing it up, play against a different style of player, maybe an older or younger player or different gender. It will make you a better player. You may not like it at first, but it will challenge your strategy to figure it out.