Erin Routliffe: What a Performance! U16 Orange Bowl Champion


***Erin first started hitting when she was about 7.  She has been playing competitively since she was 9.  Erin was born in New Zealand but has been living  in Caledon, Ontario, with Mom, Dad and two younger sisters since she was 5. Erin attends Mayfield Secondary School (Grade 11) but will enroll at Bill Crothers in January for ‘remote learning ’support so she can go to Montreal.***


ONcourt: Erin, congratulations on an outstanding performance in Florida. What was the difference between the Eddie Herr event and the more prestigious Orange Bowl championships?

Erin Routliffe: Thank you! The Orange Bowl I felt was a lot more formal, they had chair umpires for every match and they were a lot more organized with their match schedules. I like the atmosphere at both tournaments though. I also felt like the viewing at the Orange Bowl was a little better, and there were many more locals there who came to watch the matches.

ONcourt: Who do you feel has been instrumental in your development and how so?

Erin Routliffe: I have been working with Harry Greenan since I was about 9 years old.  Harry has always insisted on technical details.  I wanted to play tennis, Harry made me work. I credit Harry with giving me the tools that I can use when I compete.  Harry wants his players to think – before, during and after a match.  He never is too upset when I lose as long as I learn from it.

ONcourt: Moving to Montreal at the National Center is a great opportunity for you to compete at the highest level of international competition. How do feel about your potential to move up the international rankings?

Erin Routliffe: I hope that my international ranking will move up as I play more tournaments in the next year, and I think it definitely can if I play the way I am capable of playing and if I always stay focused. I believe that if I am focused all the time about what I am trying to achieve, than the results will come and I will move up the rankings.

ONcourt: Are you more interested in playing junior events or professional entry events?

Erin Routliffe: I am always interested in playing junior events to see where other girls of around my age are at, what level I need to be to beat them, but I always get excited when I get to play professional events. Ultimately, the goal is going towards a good professional ranking, so getting the opportunities to play pro events is always good!

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