Meet inPhorm’s New Ambassador, Melanie Oudin!!
inPhorm has added a new Ambassador to their family!!!! Read below to know her more!
- Melanie, you are the most recent Ambassador to join the inPhorm family. What made you pick inPhorm as the brand you would like to wear?
I have seen inPhorm around for awhile now and always thought how classy and professional the clothes are. They are very comfortable and I feel great wearing them! I also think my brand and inPhorm have a lot of similarities and we will work extremely well together.
- You retired from professional tennis play in August of 2017 due to health reasons. How is your health now?
Yes, I retired from professional tennis in August of last year, 2017. I have had a lot of health issues over the last 6 years or so and it took such a toll on my body I was never the same physically. To compete at the highest level, you need to be your absolute best and my body was not anymore. I am doing fine now and have recovered due to the fact I am not playing at that level anymore.
- What was your greatest accomplishment as a pro athlete?
My greatest accomplishment as a pro athlete was that I gave everything I had every match, every training session and I have no regrets. I think that is something to be proud of. I didn’t have the full career I always hoped for, but I did have some notable achievements. Making the quarterfinals of the 2009 US Open and winning the 2011 US Open mixed doubles are some of my best accomplishments. Also, winning a tour-level tournament on grass in England in 2012.
- What are your career goals now?
That is a great question. I am still figuring out exactly what my next goals are. For now, I am doing a variety of things to find what I am really passionate about besides being a tennis player. I am coaching some, doing charity events and exhibitions, and broadcasting. I will get back to you soon on what I really want to do next.
- Do you miss the grind of the tour?
I do miss the tour. I miss the environment, my friends, being at the tournaments. That was my lifestyle for many years and it’s a very different transition from going from that to the real world. I miss being competitive but I don’t miss the training and living out of a hotel room. The constant coming back from being injured drains you mentally and physically and knowing I’ve accepted retirement and onto what is next for me makes me excited about the future.
- What advice would you give to a young junior female player?
My advice for a young junior female player would be to have fun and enjoy it. It is hard to improve when you’re not having a good time doing it. Always remember that winning isn’t everything. It is about getting better and better each day and learning, not always winning. I think it’s also important to play for yourself and no one else.
- If you could return to the tour for only one match, which would it be? Where would it be? And whom would you like to play?
Like I said, I have no regrets from my time on the tour. Yes, of course, there are many matches I lost that I would love to change something, but that is the way it is. It’s part of being a professional athlete.
- Who is your favorite tennis player currently playing on the tour? Why?
Well, I have to say some of my best friends on tour who are my favorites are Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, and Grace Min. They are great people as well as amazing tennis players! I think that is so much more important than being a good tennis player. I also think Caroline Wozniacki is one of the nicest players on tour and I am so happy she got her first slam. She deserved it.
- Do you have a favorite retired player? Were they an inspiration to you?
Justine Henin is someone I always looked up to when I was coming up. She was small but played so smart to beat the taller, stronger players. I wanted to copy my variety in my game after her. She impressed me so much. Kim Clijsters as well is someone I looked up to and was such an inspiration to me. I got to play her once and again she was the nicest person. I have so much more respect also for her coming back after having a baby and winning grand slams!
- Who is your biggest inspiration today? Why?
My biggest inspiration today is Serena Williams. She has been an idol of mine for years. Her and Venus Williams I have watched since I was little. They are part of the reason I wanted to become a professional tennis player. Everything that Serena and Venus has overcome is amazing to me and to see them still at the top of the game is amazing
- What words would you use to describe yourself?
Competitive, compassionate, professional, hardworking, honest
- You have obviously dealt with a lot of pressure at a very young age. How did you manage your stress? How do you handle stress now?
I have dealt with a lot of pressure before when I was only 17! It wasn’t easy for me, I didn’t realize that so many other things came with doing well in tennis like photoshoots, sponsors, lots more fans, appearances, and not a lot of time for practice. There weren’t a lot of other American players coming up and so a lot of the pressure was on me to be the next best American player after the William sisters. People also want to know everything about your personal and professional life that is a lot to deal with at a young age. I like to think I stuck with my gut and was the same person I have always been. Time definitely helped me get used to it more and manage it. Now, I do pretty well handling stress. Honestly, my tennis career taught me so many things and I am so grateful! I matured and had ups and downs. I’ve been through a lot for only being 26 years old and I do have tennis to thank for those experiences.