Kim-Trang Nguyen has had quite an interesting life, including moving from Vietnam to America, and starting a tennis career here. She has done quite well in this tournament. Nguyen made it to the Semi-Finals, playing a great match against Gretchen Magers. She truly loves all things tennis, and has found her passion in coaching in Orange County. But, she still hasn't lost her need to compete.
String- Prince ProBlend 16
Tension- 58 lbs.
Location- Orange County, Ca
What made you want to start playing tennis?
My mom was a tennis player. She used to take me to the tennis courts with her everyday, and I would watch her play. I decided I wanted to start playing with her and my family.
How was your tennis career in Vietnam?
It was great! I had a lot of great opportunities. I got to represent for Vietnam in a lot of different international tournaments. I would say that I played my best match in Australia, at the Arafura Games.
Did you have anyone coaching you while you played in Vietnam?
No, actually there wasn't a lot of opportunity to get coaching there. I learned mostly from my mom, and her teachings. Besides that, I would watch and learn from tennis videos. I had to rely on my eye and my heart. I loved it so much, I pushed myself to become better.
What made you want to play in the Women's 40's Nation Hard Court Championship?
I actually retired from tennis entirely in 2001. But, I turned 40 this year, so I thought it would be fun to come out and play this National tournament. It was my first tournament in a long time.
What would be your advice for other tennis players?
First, you totally have to have your technique down. But, if you don't have a strong mind you will lose. Practice is good, but if you don't know how to handle the game, you won't succeed. Stay calm, because there is always a chance you can win the match.