Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey. She has 2 brothers and is the third and youngest child of the Houston family. Her father, John Houston is a former college tennis player who retired and is now giving tennis coaching lessons full time. Her mother, Cissy Houston, is a gospel singer who often does back-up vocals for famed singers like Aretha Franklin.
After several failed attempts to get his 2 sons into tennis, which they fumbled badly, John Houston decided not to force tennis down her daughter's throat. Instead Cissy Houston introduced Whitney to singing.
And did Whitney sang. She shone brightly with her raw talent. Her vocals soared and her gift in singing was unmistakable. She started following her mother's footsteps, singing and touring in night clubs and performing solo. She slowly garnered attention for her vocal prowess, and was gradually making the charge towards stardom.
Only at the age of 16 did Whitney picked up a tennis racquet for the first time, despite a rich history in tennis in her family. It was later revealed that after watching Chris Evert losing to Martina Navratilova in that year's Wimbledon final, Whitney was very interested with the mechanics of the game and was keen to pick up this sport.
Being generally a hater of every other sport, it was therefore surprising that Whitney cultivated a great interest in tennis. And with the inabilities of both his sons in attaining greater competency in tennis, it came as more of a surprise for John to see her daughter wielding a tennis racquet with such effortless grace for the first time.
John realised what he has is a raw talent in the form of his own daughter. And that was further justified when just after several simple sessions of coaching, Whitney actually grew increasingly solid and was apt enough to play both from the baseline and at the net. John was convinced that her daughter had the goods to deliver and would definitely take over the tennis world by storm.
But what John didn't realise was by then, the relatively well known Whitney Houston had already signed up a lucrative recording contract to release her debut album. John was devastated and insisted that Whitney make a choice.
Torn between singing and tennis, Whitney ultimately decided not to breach the contract and went on to release her multi-platinum selling debut album. With the release of another 2 extremely successful records, Whitney established herself as a bona-fide superstar, an icon and the number 1 diva in the game. Along the way she earned various accolades and honours, and was often nick-named 'The Voice' for her supreme vocals.
The clash earlier on between tennis and singing didn't make Whitney sever all ties with the former. Though her Dad was still mildly disgruntled by her choice, it was less intense than before. And Whitney still plays tennis recreationally, meanwhile fine-tuning her game all along.
After releasing the wildly successful movie soundtrack, 'The Bodyguard', which spawned the worldwide number 1 hit, 'I Will Always Love You', Whitney Houston stunned fans worldwide by announcing her immediate retirement from the glamour circle.
Fullfilling a long time dream of her father's and hers, Whitney decided to play tennis professionally to see where her talent would take her to.
Working through Challengers, ITFs, lower-tier tournaments and various qualifying rounds, Whitney had her fair share of hardship, gruelling matches, as well as crazy and adoring fans who happen to also be her opponent across the net. Whitney dealt these with remarkable poise and all the while worked hard on her game, and eventually landed in the top echelons of the game.
Will Whitney eventually claim the top ranking in the tennis world? Will she win a majoy to cement her as a tennis great? Ultimately, as fans of hers musically or tennis wise, the question is whether Houston would be able to transform from a multi-million selling superstar to a multi-major winning champion?
Watch as Whitney conquers the tennis world.