College Tennis/Team USA expert
Join Date: Sep 2004
Re: Danielle Mills
Here is MY Q and A with Danielle
TB12: Why did you start playing tennis?
DM: I started playing tennis because my parents would always be playing at this tennis club in new york, and i was 3 and instead of being put in a day care i was put into a tiny tots tennis program for kids 4 and over
TB12: Neat! At what point did you realize that tennis was it.."I want to go pro (or college)"
DM: I actually always thought I was going to go to college for acedemics when I was young. I thought I was going to be a pro tennis player as well. When I was in elementary school i thought you could do both at the same time.
TB12: Moving to Florida from New York and training with the top players in the world is a tough transition. How were you able to take it.
DM: I was very nervous when I went from New York to Florida. I was 11 years old. I was coming from being at the top of the competition in New York to being at almost the bottom group of level in Florida. It wasn't until I got a national ranking and starting winning nationally that I was moved into the group for my level and treated with more respect.
TB12: You stopped playing USTA events early and went straight to the ITF Jr Circuit and the Pro Circuit at around 14, most Americans use the USTA jr and pro events to rise. Why is that?
DM: I stopped playing the USTA tournaments because at my tennis academey IMG Bolliettieri all the top people there cared about was an ITF ranking. They only thought you were doing good if you were beating people from all over the world, and competing in international events. It wasnt till later in the years at img that they cared about having a good USTA ranking. I started playing Pro events as soon as I turned 14 to get a jumpstart on my ranking and get alot of expierience against older and better girls.
TB12: What is the daily schedule of Danielle Mills?
DM: I wake up at 6 am and drive to IMG. I get there at 7:30 and I warm up and jog a bit in the gym. I begin my practice at 8 am with my coach Ales Kodat. We play 2 hours in the morning doing technical work and drills. I go to fitness at 10am till 11. I eat lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 At 2pm I either have a practice match against a guy, or I have another practice with my coach. I finish around 4pm and I stretch and relax.
TB12: Who are your best friends on the circuit?
DM: I would have to say my best friends on the tour would be Madison Brengle and Anastasia Pivovarova.
TB12: What has been your best win and toughest loss in your career?
DM: My best win was again Kelly Liggan (who at the time was in the 200s) to go into the quarter finals of a $25,000. My toughest loss ummmmm Im going to have to say when I lost to Alexandra Moreno in the first round of a WTA qualifying. Its my toughest because i had beaten her 3 times before and It would have been my first WTA win of my career. I lost 76 67 67.
TB12: How far do you have your schedule and what colleges are you looking at since you are still an ameatur?
DM: My top three choices are University of Miami, University of North Carolina, and University of Southern California.
Singles: Won ITF Contrexeville '10, ITF Yakima '12, ITF Medellin '14, ITF Monterrey '14, ITF Asuncion '14, ITF CH-YEC '14, Dubai '16, U.S. Open '17, Tokyo PPO '17 (as Q), Quebec City '18
Doubles: Won Bad Gastein '10 (as Q), Quebec City '10 (as Q),Wimbledon '11, ITF Kansas City '11, ITF Nassau '12, ITF Yakima '12, WTA 125 Hua Hin '15, Hong Kong ‘16 (as LL), ITF Dubai ‘18, Strasbourg ‘19