“Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out”
Jess picked up a tennis racket for the first time at the age of three and by the age of seven she begun playing in her first tennis tournaments. She played the pro-circuit in under 12, 14, 16 and 18s and was ranked the number one junior women’s tennis player in Australia in this time.
The tournaments Jess has played in include representing Australia in the Junior Fed Cup, the Australian Open five times, and the US, French and Wimbledon once each. In this time Jess was ranked 60 in the world for junior singles, 35 in the world in junior doubles, and 800 in the world in open women’s singles. ?Jess’ best achievements as a tennis player include reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open Juniors in doubles, and being awarded the Victorian Sports Star of the Year award when she was 12.
At 17 Jess suffered a potentially career ending injury after she tore her abdominal muscle and tendon of the bone! This consequently led to Jess being unable to walk for 4 months, then another 4 months of rehabilitation where unfortunately she strained it again and was out for another 4 months. At 18 Jess retired with her career prize money at over $170,000, to learn more about her injuries and the body. As a qualified personal trainer, in 2008 Jess began as a coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness in a quest to transform people into becoming the best they can be!