TFP 148: How to Overcome Fear and Expectations on the WTA Tour with Danielle Lao

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On Episode 148 of The Tennis Files Podcast I spoke with Danielle Lao, top 200 WTA pro, about the mindset, preparation, and resilience you need to become an elite-level tennis player.

What’s pretty amazing about Danielle’s path to the pro tour that you’ll hear on this episode is that she was basically locked into a normal desk job after college. But something deep inside told her that she needed to pursue her dream of making it on the WTA Tour.

Danielle is a former USC standout and has reached as high as 152 in the world.  She has played in the main draw of the US Open multiple times and has even co-authored a book called The Invaluable Experience that takes readers through her college tennis journey and why playing sports in college is an invaluable decision.

I am a big fan of Danielle and especially love that she gives us a rare insight into a professional tennis player’s career through her blog at and on her social media platforms.

On the show, you’ll learn about Danielle’s biggest ups and downs in her career and how she overcame them, how she prepares for matches, her morning routine, how she almost took a desk job and what inspired her to choose the WTA Tour instead, what she needs to do to reach the top 100 and beyond, her mental game secrets, unique tips to improve your tennis game, and much more!

I hope you enjoy my interview with Danielle! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below!

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