Citizens of the Court Program Coordinator; Tennis Instructor
phone: 612.252.8367 ext. 108
Judy Long joined The Fort in 2005 as it launched several community outreach tennis programs to provide education, fitness and life skills to at-risk youth from urban schools – both during the school year and in the summer. Students in The Fort’s TennisWorks program have received numerous awards for leadership, tennis and academic merit on both a local and national level.
Long enjoys working with players with little or no tennis experience, and watching as they gain greater confidence. In addition to coaching youth, she also coaches beginning and intermediate-level women and coordinates in-house league tennis at The Fort.
Certifications: Elementary education and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR)
Favorite tennis moment: Chanda Rubin beating Jana Novotna at French Open quarter final in 1995. Rubin was down 0-4, Love-40.
Favorite tennis player: Francesca Schiavone
What makes an exceptional tennis player: Focus
When I’m losing, I focus on: Process goals
When I’m winning, I focus on: Process goals
Favorite food: Any kind of fruit
Favorite movie: Bend It Like Beckham
People would be surprised that I: Don’t like scary movies
Items on my bucket list: Visit Machu Picchu and learn more Spanish
Best advice ever received: My dad said, “Just try your best”
When I’m not at The Fort: I enjoy the outdoors with family and friends