Coach Bob Davis Will Reunite Once Again with his Tennis Prodigy "Jennifer Magley" When She Goes Pro in 2006
Bradenton, FL October 28, 2005 -- In 1997, Bob Davis founded a program called "Black Dynamics," which provided training scholarships to the most talented minority tennis players in the world to the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
When Bob Davis and Nick Bollettieri put a net out across the United States to find the most talented minority tennis players, they didn't have to look very far, but in "Dorothy's Kansas," where Jennifer Magley and her parents resided. Playing since she was 3 years old, and a winner of her first tournament by the age of 6, Bob Davis quickly recognized Magley's potential and invited her to attend the academy in 1998.
Through Bob Davis coaching and mentoring, Magley quickly became a favorite on the Junior Circuit. At the age of 15, she traveled to Hiroshima, Japan,to play an exhibition event with college stars Ansley Cargill (Duke) and Laura Granville (Stanford), seasoned professionals like Monica Seles, Mary Jo Fernandez and former Gator great Lisa Raymond. At 16, she defeated former collegiate No.1 ranked player, Jennifer Hall from Notre Dame. At 17, she earned WTA world ranking of No. 460 by playing in nine tournaments. During this time, Nick Bolletterieri remarked that "Jennifer has the size, range and athleticism and drive to be one of the best in the world." (Nick Bolleterieri is considered as one of the greatest tennis coaches that have ever lived).
Coming from a talented family of College All-Americans at the University of Kansas, her father David Magley (Former College Basketball Star) and her mother Evelyn Magley (Former College track star and concert violinist), Jennifer quickly turned her sights as a Junior to college tennis to complete herself as a person and as a player. Jennifer wanted to achieve her dream of playing in the NCAA championship for the University of Florida Women's Tennis team, and receive a college degree. Jennifer knew that the "attitude of winning" that had been taught by Coach Davis would be invaluable in college.
When Magley entered University of Florida, she knew she wanted to win and contribute early. Magley knew she had been coach by the best, and she knew that she had not come to college tennis empty handed. Magley brought power,speed, experience, and a "championship attitude." "Coach Davis was a outstanding player in his own right, and our family's off the court relationship was like an uncle, but on the court, you respected the teacher, says Magley."
Upon Jennifer signing her National Letter of Intent for the University of Florida's 2002--03 season, Coach Roland Thornqvist of University of Florida knew he had a gem of a prospect, when he spoke to Gatorzone.com on December 5, 2001. "We are extremely excited about having Jennifer join the Gator Family. She's a quality player on the tennis court and extremely well-rounded individual off the playing surface. Jennifer boasts tremendous international experience and will bring maturity to the court."
Magley have come a long way since arriving at Florida in 2002. She was rated No.93 in the country in singles following her freshman season, No.19 following her sophomore year and No.5 following her Junior year. She then earned the No.1 singles ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's preseason rankings released in September.
On October 20,2005, Magley announced that she would graduate early and forgo her senior season for a pro tour. Respecting Jennifer's decision, the Gator Tennis Coach Roland Thornqvist gave Magley his blessings. "She climbed really quick in college. Her improvement in the three years with us was tremendous. As she continues to work,I think she'll have a good chance to do well in the pros."
When asking Coach Kevin Faulkner with over 25 years of collegiate coaching experience in football, and with 14 players who have reached the professional ranks, what does this ranking mean in football language. Faulkner had this to say,`"Jennifer has been evaluated by college tennis coaches to be the best in women's collegiate tennis. Jennifer's decision to forego her Senior Season and to go professional is like a Junior being rated as THE No.1 in the football draft at Madison Square Garden. She has a competitive track record from one of the country's top tennis program, and she has the talent and the experience to play on the pro circuit."
Coach Bob Davis would second Coach Faulkner's comments, but submit that Magley has the "total package" to be on the circuit, and to one day become No.1. "Everyone is good at the pro level, only one player can win every week. Jennifer has the ability to face the myriad of issues like media, interviews, pro circuit schedules and physical training. Jennifer can go the distance, as she is physically, mentally and emotionally ready for pro tennis, says Coach Davis.
About Bob Davis, tennis coach:
Speaking from his own successes, Tennis has been Bob Davis life for over 25 years, first as a player, college graduate, coach, entrepreneur, author and motivation speaker. He has a degree in Electro-Chemical Engineer and Business Administration. As a tennis player, he competed in the U.S. Junior Nationals at Kalamazoo and at the U.S. National Championships at Forest Hill (U.S. Open). He is a two-time A.T.A. National Champion in both singles and doubles. Bob has leased and managed the Americana Tennis Club for Twelve year. The Americana was the largest privately owned tennis facility in New York at the time. Bob and his family owned the Taromar Tennis Academy, the first and only minority-owned resident tennis academy in America. In 1987, he join wits with famous tennis great and a friend, Arthur Ashe to become the CEO and National Director for the Arthur Ashe Safe Passage Foundation. This was a national organization founded by Arthur Ashe and Nick Bollettieri that spanned to nine cities ans whose purpose was to teach tennis, preventive health instruction and academics to more than 15,000 inner-city youngsters aspiring to play tennis.
Coach Davis has conducted clinics at the U.S. National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows from 1990-1997 to tennis greats like Monica Seles, Steffi Graf,Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Brad Gilbert, Stan Smith, Guillermo Vilas, Bjorn Borg, John Mc Enroe and others. Bob real passion is celebration ethnic diversity and reading. Tennis just provides him a vehicle to inspire "Greatness."
About Jennifer Magely's College tennis career:
Magley, who is the 2005-2006 preseason No.1-ranked singles player in the country, earned four All-American honors (2004 & 2005 Singles All-American & 2003 & 2005 Doubles All-American) during her three years at University of Florida during which she helped the Gators capture the 2003 NCAA Championship in addition to three SEC Southeastern Conference Tournament titles and two regular season league crowns. She compiled a 97-25 singles record and a 92-24 doubles mark, collecting two singles and two collegiate double titles.
Magley also excelled in the classroom, as she was named a 2005 First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Women's At-large Team, as well as the 2005 SEC C0-Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was a three-time ITA Scholar Athlete by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5. Magley was the 2003 SEC Tournament MVP while earning First Team All-SEC accolades in singles (2003&2005) and doubles (2004&2005) during her career. Off the court, Magley is a model for "Sport Scheke," largest sport catalogue in Germany. She has also done extensive runway modeling for designer Jessica McClintock, and charity functions hosted by United Way, Little Tykes and the American Health Association.
(Copyright,October 25, 2005)
Written by:Ida R. Muorie, Host and Producer
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