As a Gator-turned-tennis pro prepares for this month’s Australian Open, she answered a few questions about travel, tournament life and her return to UF.
Perhaps the greatest force in professional tennis player Danielle Collins’ short-but-jam-packed, 27-year journey is timing – good and bad.
Each moment and milestone – winning an international match at 16; being recruited by her dream school, UF; getting bumped from the court by NCAA championship-winning juniors and seniors; transferring to the University of Virginia to win her own NCAA titles; going pro; being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis; enduring extensive tournament COVID-19 precautions – altered the direction of her life.
Those course changes brought her back, full circle, to UF. Collins is earning a certificate in sports management and, eventually, a master’s, thanks to a partnership between UF and the Women’s Tennis Association.
Collins, No. 45 in WTA’s rankings, hopes the opportunity to expand her education will provide skills for whatever follows her pro career. She’s already testing the waters, launching a jewelry business and fashion partnerships. She also believes it would be easy to become a travel adviser after all the trips she’s made. But for now, Collins will continue the pro tennis circuit while planning for her future.
She took a few minutes to answer questions for Gator Nation News.
- Australia: Melbourne.
- Europe: Would have to be Paris because it has so much amazing art and architecture.
- United States: It’s hard to choose. I love Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami. Any tennis fan should try to attend the stadiums there at some point. But everything about both cities is wonderful — the atmosphere, scenery, weather.
- Asia: Tokyo.
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