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Andrea Jaeger

Tennis

www.littlestar.org

1.) What advice do you have for an aspiring tennis player?

I have 3 points of advice. One, is have fun practicing because practicing can always improve your game and it can also give you greater chances of success. Two, set some goals because tennis has a wide range of areas that you can excel in whether it is a college scholarship, wanting to play junior championships/pro tournaments, or going in to the field of coaching. The third thing is to belive in yourself.
 
 
2.) Tell me a bit about your foundation.
 
I started my foundation in 1990 and the reason I started it is because I was a pro tennis player at 14, and I was 2 in the world when I was 16. I got to travel the world and I saw a lot of great opportunities to help other kids. I visited hospitals and talked to kids at schools and did a lot of charity events, I loved the difference that I could make in someone's life just by being that professional tennis player. So when I was done playing tennis I has 7 shoulder surgeries and after that, I took all the money I earned from tennis and I started a children's foundation that provides long-term care and a better quality of life for children with life threatening diseases and life altering conditions.
 
 
3.) Who were your heroes growing up?
 
I actually didn't have sports heroes in terms of tennis. I didn't really have that eye when I was younger. I loved and respected Olympic athletes because they train their whole life for something that comes every 4 years, and that to me was very honorable. I looked up to teachers, firefighters, police officers and service people, I respected them. I didn't grow up wanting to be a curtain athlete, and maybe that was an advantage to me because then I got to grow up and just be Andrea.
 
 
4.) What was your favorite subject in school? why?
 
I really loved all the different kinds of science, the biology part, and then you just have civics. When I traveled a lot on the circuit and played tournaments, I did homework on the road. Although I studied and loved history, for me I was able to experience it first hand. The first tournament I went to was when I was 10 years old and represented the U.S. in Australia, I went to South Africa when I was 13. So I lot of things kids were studying about in history, I was able to visit those countries.
 
 
5.) What do you like to do in your free time?
 
When I was a tennis professional, I visited kids in hospitals and I loved that and that became my career. So it ended up being that running Little Star Foundation is me visiting kids in hospitals, a lot of work with kids with cancer, and children in need. The other things I love are nature & animals. A lot of my friends help with the foundation so when I hang out with my friends we pretty much brainstorm how we can help kids and make a difference in other peoples lives.
 
 
6.) How has the game changed since you played?
 
It has changed a lot. Athletes are stronger now, the equipment has changed, the equipment is now made so people can hit the ball harder, the balls fly a lot faster, and when I played there were tennis players and then there were athletes that played tennis, I think I was in the category of an athlete that played tennis because I played soccer before tennis, I actually played soccer on a boys traveling soccer team. Now athletes have to be in great shape, any sport you can't just be good at what you do, you have to be professional and a great athlete. In all sports athletes are stronger and faster.