Jade Windley Visits Ruskin
Girls at The Priory Ruskin Academy benefitted from a special tennis mentoring visit on Tuesday 3rd May when professional tennis player, Jade Windley, visited the Academy to run coaching sessions throughout the day.
Jade reached career high WTA world rankings of 159 in doubles (British number 3) and 279 in singles (British number 5). She has won 19 professional titles and has proudly represented Great Britain throughout her career. In 2013, Jade achieved her lifelong dream of competing in the main draw of The Championships, Wimbledon.
The session proved to be an inspiration to Ruskin students, with Jade explaining the challenge of balancing school work alongside her tennis training. Whilst at school, Jade became British Junior number 1 and won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India, however, her academic studies remained incredibly important to her and, when she finished school and chose to pursue a professional tennis career, she had achieved 11 GCSEs and 3 A Levels.
During her professional career, Jade suffered two separate serious injuries; one of which almost ended her chance of playing the sport she loved. However, through hard work, determination and a great team around her, Jade overcame these challenging times and managed to compete amongst the best players in the world at the highest events, including her childhood dream of Wimbledon.
Jade is currently enjoying coaching tennis and imparting her knowledge and experience of the game to players of all ages and abilities.