Fra Angelica Farinas-Wright remembers the day she was introduced to tennis vividly. It was her freshman year of high school and her friend had dragged her onto the court.
Farinas-Wright had never swung a racquet before, let alone stepped foot onto a tennis court. But her friend encouraged her to stick with it, and Farinas-Wright is happy she did. Without that friend, Farinas-Wright is sure she would not have found the tight-knit community of tennis players she now calls her second family.
Originally from the Philippines, Farinas-Wright moved to the Chicago area in the fifth grade (or fourth grade, if you count being placed in the wrong grade for an entire week, according to Farinas-Wright). Once she was introduced to tennis, there was no looking back for Farinas-Wright.
Today, Farinas-Wright works as a licensed mental health professional, where she completes the psychiatric evaluations in the emergency room as well as on medical floors at Highland Park Hospital in Chicago. When she is not caring for patients, she can be found on, you guessed it, the tennis court.
For Farinas-Wright, tennis has been a constant and steady source of comradery. So, when she was nominated to become a Tennis Ambassador and encourage others to try the sport, it was just a natural fit.
Through her work as a Tennis Ambassador and as an avid member of her local tennis club, Tam Tennis & Fitness, Farinas-Wright has met individuals from all walks of life who have become steadfast friends.
One of the many reasons Farinas-Wright enjoys the game and encourages others to dedicate themselves to the sport is the team atmosphere USTA League play promotes. Farinas-Wright recalls the sheer excitement and joy she felt when her Tri-Level team earned a spot to play in the Indian Wells Invitational last year.
Tennis has afforded Farinas-Wright many things throughout the years, and she is excited to see where the journey continues to take her. Her two sons have now discovered the sport and love the game just as much as she does.
Farinas-Wright has come a long way from that freshman girl who timidly stepped out onto the court. Now, she is an advocate and voice for the sport that has given her so much, and there are no signs of slowing down.