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Meet Coach Yann

Savannah Wray and Caroline Young

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For the past four years, the AMHS Girls’ Varsity Tennis team has had a different coach, and this year is no exception. This year, they were all excited to welcome Coach Yann to the AMHS Community. Coach Yann is a professional tennis player, and he has coached several high school teams during his career, in addition to owning a tennis shop. He is excited for the upcoming season. Come out and support your raptor tennis player in our next match today in Manning, South Carolina! 

Where are you from?

Originally Beacon, New York, then a brief time in Washington DC, and then Charlotte, North Carolina.

What inspired you to coach AMHS girls tennis?

Having the opportunity to teach and coach tennis in a team setting. After 20 years of running tennis programs nothing is more fun than seeing a group come together and have success on the courts.

If you could be any tennis pro for an hour, who would you be?

Roger Federer

Which pro do you predict will be #1 in a year and why?

Novak Djokovic. He is determined to always be the best and has a good record versus Federer and Nadal.

What role does attire play in the game of tennis?

Your attire can give you confidence and it doesn’t hurt to look good even when things aren’t going your way.

Why is tennis better than any other sport?

That’s an easy one. You only need one other person to play, all ages can play, you can play your whole life compared to sports like baseball, football, soccer, etc

What was your favorite tennis match you’ve ever played?

I have been part of a lot of a great matches. Winning the fourth of my five consecutive conference singles title in high school was pretty cool. After the match my opponent ran his racquets over with his car.

Who is your lifelong tennis idol?

Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl. Two completely different type of players who were great competitors on the court.

When you’re not on the court, how do you spend your time?

I love to travel with my family. I am also a foodie and love discovering good restaurants.

If you could live in any movie, what would it be?

50 First Dates always tops my list. But I would lean towards Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. I am a huge Miami Dolphins and Dan Marino fan!

What’s your favorite professional tournament?

French Open

To someone who doesn’t play tennis, why should they come watch a girls tennis match?

Come out and see a great team sport with lots of action and drama. Go Raptors!

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