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Rada Manataweewat - Tennis player


Early in life, I found I had an affinity for racquet sports. But my first competitive sport was swimming ,which I engaged in a full-time from the age of six to eleven. It was during that period that I first feel the thrill pf winning and win I did, in most competitions I participated in. It was also during those formative years that I made the connection between dedicated training and taking the podium, a foundational lesson that is as relevant for me today as it was back then.

It was toward the fifth year of my short but very rewarding career as a junior swimmer that my parents had me try tennis, just to expose me to other sports. They had me take a lesson at our community court, and I was immediately hooked! Tennis quickly became one of my favorite sports, and by twelve, I was competing in minor tournaments and enjoyed it immensely. Whether to train or compete, I really looked forward to being on court as much as possible, and absolutely loved the challenge of both training and competition.

At this juncture, I had learned two valuable life lessons: putting in the good work will pay dividends, and if you love what you do, it will never be work.

My junior performance was good enough for me to land an athletic scholarship and play Division 1 NCAA tennis for the University of Central Arkansas, where I pursued a degree in psychology. I had always had a profound curiosity about how the human mind works and how our experiences influence the way we think and interact with the world around us, so this was a chance to both address that interest and engage in my favorite sport. College tennis was a truly remarkable experience, a whirlwind of training, travel, and competition, and I loved it! So much so, that after earning my degree in 2019, I decided to give professional tennis a go.

I returned to Thailand to be with my family, but also to take the first steps toward building a career in pro tennis. I started practicing again, and filled up a season calendar, but after a few tournaments a nagging shoulder injury caused me to take a break from regular training. By the time I got back on track the global COVID 19 pandemic hit and all competitive events were cancelled. While things aren’t quite “normal’ yet in 2022, I am training and practicing regularly again and beyond excited to compete once more.





Aims & Goals

It’s easy enough to say “I want to be the best in the world” but to not really believe there is a chance of it happening. I think that most people’s goals and aspirations shift with time and experience, and I am no exception. My short-term goal is to earn my first ranking point, a critical milestone for any aspiring pro athlete, not the least for the self-belief it potentially instills, but also for the momentum it could impart to the achievement of the next milestone. Mine would be breaking into the WTA Top 300 in the world. Modest, yes, but I see it not as an endpoint, but as a platform from which I can launch myself to yet undefined heights. I want to be the absolute best I can be.
I owe tennis so much: my health, my education, innumerable friendships…a purpose. As an integral part of my development as a player, I would like to have the opportunity, perhaps through mentorship of young, aspiring players, to give back to the sport and the vast community that serves as its base of support. I believe my biggest goal is to share my love of this beautiful game.


David Gorrez, Tennis Coach, Director, Sport Specific (Thailand)

I have had the privilege of working with Ploy over the last couple of years and cannot say enough about how impressed I am with her discipline, focus, and drive. Equally important is her willingness to fully commit to a course of action that she believes will make her a better athlete. These qualities are what spurred us to enlist her as one of our sponsored athletes, and our brand is strengthened by this association.