US tennis ace Breana Stampfli respects Miami’s “stay home” order issued by Mayor Francis Suarez in a message to citizens Tuesday night.
Stampfli, a national champion for single girls / women, has exercised her competitive and competitive activity in the American city for over six years and is now confined to her home due to the spread of covid19.
Since leaving TT in 2014, the 26-year-old has represented Florida Gulf Coast University for four years in competitive tennis. While there, he also earned a degree in resort and hospitality.
The talented athlete then moved to Miami where she continued to pursue her main goal, professional tennis. Due to the unavailability of a full-time sponsor, the TT player is coaching tennis while extending his training away from home.
However, amid the coronavirus pandemic and growing restrictions enforced by governments around the world, the seasoned player maintains his stance on rigorous social estrangement.
“Right now, it’s crazy in Miami,” he said. “You know I’m here alone, without a family, which is scary. But I’m a big girl, so I coped. I have my friends here for me.
“I think it’s very serious and I’m taking this virus very seriously because I know there are people out there who might not survive. I’m at home !!! And I think everyone should do it.”
Due to the epidemic, the Mayor of Miami issued an emergency order that ordered more than 460,000 residents to stay in their homes except when shopping, exercising and making other business trips and other places already exempt from widespread closing orders. from the covida crisis19.
Since the outbreak, the Port-of-Spain graduate of the convent of San Giuseppe has in some way self-quarantined herself by limiting her time outdoors and using her home as the safest place to stay during the pandemic.
“Well, I stocked up on a lot of food. I am training in my neighborhood with no people really around and I am with my roommate, who is my best friend, “he said.
When asked if she preferred to stay at home with her family in the TT during this time and among the travel restrictions recently applied by National Security Minister Stuart Young, Stampfli was severe in her response.
“Yes, I always want to be with my family, but I was here because I didn’t want to travel and I was working and training until last week. Also, I didn’t want to travel to my family and bring something (virus) to them, since my grandmother is also very old, so I prefer to stay up here and keep my distance. I am a little afraid but I stay at home as much as possible, hoping that it will pass quickly. “
Although unsure of when she will return to work and / or her full training regime, the multiple national champion has admitted that it is sometimes difficult to juggle both tasks. But Stampfli insists that he must find the right balance to maintain consistency.
“I have fun (coaching) because I can do what I love. However, it is difficult to balance training with my work because work can interfere with my training. But I try not to make it happen. Also, to make my education possible, I need money, “he said on Wednesday from his US base.
The experienced athlete, who has made his way into the junior rankings in recent years, has won at least four national singles titles, has participated in multiple junior and senior tournaments of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), winning the championship of the regular season in college and more recently, she got the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) / ITF rankings after competing in the TT in 2019.
He also considers his fourth place at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) as one of his most memorable moments, competing with the Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist, Monica Puig.
“Reaching the semifinals of the CAC Games and playing against Monica Puig, an Olympic gold medal, this has certainly shown me that I am able to compete at a high level.
“My main goal is to play professionally and get as high as possible in the ranking. If you never try, you will never know. My goal this year was to compete and aim for the top 400 WTAs and continue from there, “he added.
However, Stampfli revealed that she got injured during TT competitions last year and that she was therefore off the track for about two months. Since these local WTA / ITF accredited tournaments, it hasn’t been able to give it all.
After recovering, she is not discouraged and remains persistent in raising her current WTA ranking. Its highest grade was 636 degrees. He now sits in the 665th. This shoulder injury also affected his TT performance at the 2019 Fed Cup.
“I will not let that injury make me fall. I still have my goals and I will train to achieve them. I think my biggest challenge in playing professionally is finances. The challenge with the job is that it is up and down compared to what he is busy and I am part time, so I am able to train at the same time. I learned that in the end, I have to choose whether I will be a full time job or a full time tennis professional, but I have not yet made this choice. “he concluded.