Originally from Tubarao, Brazil, Francesca Chaher started playing at the age of 5 since her parents were tennis instructors. She moved by herself to Balneario Camboriu when she was 13 years old to pursue her dream of playing professionally.
Fran has played many national and international juniors tournaments in South America and Europe. She was ranked in the Top 4 of Brazil in 2008.
She said, “I used to be part of a very intensive tennis program. I used to practice from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the court, and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. we had conditioning. We also had practices on Saturdays, and on Sundays, we would watch videos of the best tennis players in the world to analyze their ground strokes and behavior. I learned the importance of being determined and a hard worker, but most importantly, I realized the importance of having a good coach by my side. My coaches became my second family and I started playing so much better when I started listening to their feedback.”
When Francesca was 16 years old, she lived in Germany for four months to represent a German club. She played the “inter-club tournament” where she played line up 1 singles and doubles and won very important matches.
In 2011, she moved to the United States to play for St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Francesca was considered the team leader and was constantly motivating her teammates during workouts, practices, and matches. In the meanwhile, Francesca coached tennis at the South Austin Academy, where she mainly conducted Tiny Tots and High Performance clinics. Francesca double majored in International Business and Marketing, finished her degree with a 3.9 GPA, and received many athletic and academic awards. After graduating from college, Francesca was invited to coach at The Bridges Resort, in Warren, Vermont, where she spent a couple of months during the summer/fall of 2015 coaching adults.
Today, she is pursuing an MBA with emphasis in business analytics at the University of West Florida.