Focus on ... Sarah
It is the individuals that make up our Babylangues Community and each of them are all so talented, we feel that they deserve an article on our blog! Without further ado, we present… the Babylangues Profile!
From those that have worked in the office, to our Instructors and the founders of Babylangues itself, each individual that we have had the pleasure of working with is special in their own unique way and possesses their own talents and personal triumphs. This Babylangues Profile allows us to explore them as they should rightfully be celebrated: in all of their greatness and glory!
Some of you may know Sarah as part of our recruitment team in the Babylangues office, but she is in fact also a very successful tennis player! We sat her down to hear all about her hidden talent and get some top tennis tips.
Sarah started playing tennis at the age of 8 – quite late in the game, as most players start as early as 4 years old. Her influence to the game of tennis originated from family connections, where she grew up surrounded by a love for the sport. A natural talent by aged 10, Sarah was already playing competitively after having sailed her way through the traditional training ranks. Following her entry into the amateur professionals, Sarah played for Holcombe Brook Tennis club. Her achievements include winning the North of England Tennis mixed-doubles tournament and numerous county tournaments including representing Lancashire itself. To remain at the top of her game during this time, Sarah would train every single day after school and would sometimes miss school to play tennis. She was in training for her dream of gaining a scholarship to an American University to further pursue a career in tennis. Unfortunately Sarah badly injured her back, (whilst playing tennis of course), and had to take a year out from training. This instantly ended any chance of her going to the USA, as her friends and competitors gained advantage over her while she was recovering. While this forced a huge change, Sarah still loves playing and watching tennis and last year was the Captain of the University of York Tennis Club. Gracefully, Sarah says that whilst she would have liked to been in America playing professionally, she is grateful for the change which has lead to the opportunity to come and live and work in Paris, something that she would not have done otherwise.
- Seed: Babylangues no.1
- Right handed
- Best stroke: Forehand
- Favourite stroke: Backhand smash
- Game play/style: Flat hard game, aggressive, ‘slapper’
- Racket of choice: HEAD
- Favourite Male Tennis player: Gasquet, because he has the best backhand
- Favourite Female Tennis player: Simona Halep
Sarah’s Top Tips:
Sarah’s Top tip #1 – Watch the ball until the ball hits the strings
Sarah’s Top tip #2 – Always wear tennis shoes when playing tennis (this may seem obvious but avoid wearing running trainers when playing tennis as they do not have the same kind of support)
Sarah’s Tips for playing on clay – Do not be afraid of sliding around on the clay
Who will win Roland Garros? Sarah is betting on Andy Murray for the men’s tournament and Sam Stosup for the women’s!