Missouri Valley / Kansas

Cervantes Discovers Joy of Tennis as Young Child

Julie McQueeny | October 11, 2021



In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, we are highlighting and introducing Amanda Cervantes. 



Cervantes is the lead instructor at Riverside Tennis Center, a public facility in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. She is a mother of four children and she says, “I love to play anything that involves a ball and competition”. 



Cervantes was born and raised in El Dorado, Kansas and spent her childhood learning the game in Wichita with coaches Rex Coad, Simon Norman and Brent Fields. This adventure started when she was four-years-old. 




“I love playing, watching and studying the sport now as much as I did when I was a kid,” Cervantes said.




As a junior, Cervantes played in several USTA Missouri Valley events. She played in high school all four years and then went on to play collegiate tennis at Wichita State University. 



Her tennis journey started because her brothers played tennis. 




“Being the youngest of eight children, I wanted to do what they were doing!” 




Well, she certainly has.Her advice to players looking to try tennis?




“Playing tennis takes a time commitment but it's worth that effort. The best part of tennis is that it takes one other person to participate and you can play at any age and level.”


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