Pete Francis is joining the USTA Missouri Valley as the digital assistant covering USTA Heart of America and USTA Kansas.
One thing I’ve always regretted was not playing tennis earlier. I grew up across the street from tennis courts. Growing up, I was very active playing sports.
However, when I was younger, I found tennis more difficult to pick up than other sports. I realized very quickly that tennis is a mental game.
When I got to a high school, a friend of mine convinced me to join our school tennis team. I finally began to take advantage of living within walking distance of tennis courts and spent my summers working hard on my game.
Suddenly, the mental part of the game became a challenge I really enjoyed. To be successful at tennis, you need to be mentally tough. Learning that skill through the game of tennis is something I feel that’s carried over in my everyday life in a positive way.
Following high school, I spent two summers teaching tennis lessons which was a rewarding experience.
Since then, I’ve spent my career working in news covering sports on television. Tennis is such a great game and I’m thrilled to be joining USTA Missouri Valley to showcase some of the great local stories the sport has to offer.