Welcome to Alison Shemon’s official blog site!
I launched this blog site in 2015 as an avenue to share the knowledge that I have gained as an ex-professional tennis player, current coach and mentor.
I was born and bred in Sydney, Australia and had the greatest opportunity to dedicate my entire childhood to this game.
I began competing locally at the age of 8 and quickly found myself travelling throughout NSW and Australia to compete against the best junior tennis players in the country. I was extremely driven and adamant to work as hard as possible to reach the pinnacle in this sport. I had the mentality where there was no such thing as a back up plan. It was going to happen no matter what!
By the age of 14, I was competing abroad for Australia in various ITF junior tournaments. My greatest results and experiences included competing at the Australian Open Junior Championships and winning a Grade 4 ITF doubles tournament at Gosford, NSW.
Two years later, I began competing professionally in various ITF/WTA events in Australia and across the globe for a further five years. I had a very busy and rigid schedule, combining my studies, training and competition on a daily basis. I was responsible for the day-to-day training, travel arrangements and tour scheduling. Growing up fast was inevitable. My fondest memories came from my four consecutive tours of Europe from 2007 to 2010 and US tour of 2007 to 2008. I was able to connect with coaches Tarik Benhabiles and Floris Minnaert who taught me a great deal about tennis at the highest level.
I ended my professional career, just shy of my 22nd birthday, with a top 700 and 500 WTA professional ranking in singles and doubles respectively. I decided it was time to try new things and move into a career outside the world of tennis. I felt it was important to have a more balanced lifestyle and to take a break from the tour since it would be inevitable that I would have a life outside of it at some point in my future. I accepted work in a variety of roles and industries over the next 6 years, including hospitality, horse racing and accounting. In addition, I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Commerce from Western Sydney University, whilst coaching junior players on a part-time basis.
In 2017, I began to reconnect to my first passion again, through my coaching education course mid-way through the year. By early 2018, I decided to focus my effort and energy to this sport full time as a coach, coordinator and mentor to players of all ages and standards in my home state of New South Wales, Australia.
In addition to my work, I share my past and current experiences with my clients and others from all over the world through this blog site. My goal is to provide insight into this industry from my perspective as an ex-professional athlete in the hope that others gain a better understanding of this sport.
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