Lauren Davis is playing the tennis of her life. The 23-year-old Ohio native is 16-3 in 2017 and has already jumped 24 spots, to No. 38, since the beginning of the year. She won the title in Auckland, came out of qualifying to make the quarters in Doha and won three straight three-set matches to get to the quarters again in Dubai. On Monday, Davis kept her hot streak going on a very hot day in Indian Wells, making routine work of former Top 20 player Julia Goerges, 6-1, 6-3.
What, you ask, is the secret to Davis’ sudden success? Judging by the conversation she had with her coach, Mark Schanerman, during his on-court visit at the end of the first set, the answer is ... portfolio diversification?
“I heard the dollar is going down a little bit,” Schanerman told Davis, “but it’s still stronger compared to the euro. So, you know, I’ve got a lot of emerging markets, a lot of positives going.”
Davis smiled and nodded along, until Schanerman finally stood up, sighed, and told her as he ambled away, “Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a rock star.”
That might not be the most detailed advice a coach has ever given a player, but you should always emphasize the positive, right? Davis walked back on court smiling, and did exactly what Schanerman told her: She kept doing what she was doing—i.e., winning.
Still, Davis makes an unlikely rock star. She’s listed at 5’2”, though that seems on the high side, and she’s hardly a diva on court. Her mother, Traci, is a nurse, and her father, William, is a cardiologist who ghostwrote Novak Djokovic’s 2014 fitness book, “Serve to Win.” Lauren is a born-again Christian who took some heat on Twitter three years ago when she thanked God after upsetting Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells.