"Whether I’m at Court 7 at Jack Puryear Park in St. Pete, Florida or I’m on Arthur Ashe at the US Open, I’m going to bring the same energy and effort."
Danielle Collins joins the show this week to discuss the new normal, reveal her off-court passions and explain why her competitive spirit won't be deterred by a lack of fans.
The American had humble beginnings growing up on public courts and she would opt for the college route partially due to family finances. She would start her college career in 2012 near home in Florida before transferring to the University of Virginia where she won the NCAA individual championships, twice.
Currently ranked No. 57 in the world, Collins has made huge waves since breaking through in 2018—just a couple of years into her pro career. That year, she won a WTA 125K Series title and made two WTA semifinals to finish inside of the Top 50 for the first time. She carried that momentum right into 2019 when she enjoyed a memorable semifinal run at the 2019 Australian Open.
Due to an ab injury, she was off the tour from this year's Australian Open so the timing of the shutdown wasn't too detrimental. She'd play a number of exhibitions but then get handed tough draws at the Western & Southern Open and US Open (when this interview was recorded).
Armed with a Bachelor's degree, Collins is dedicated to her education and is staying busy in tournament bubbles: She just enrolled in an online Master's program. With her eye on the future, the 26-year-old dives into her interest in sports management and explains why she thinks her unique skillset is valuable.
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