Photos with Jean Lupien
Jean went to boarding school and spent every Saturday night hitting tennis balls against the wall. She scored a lucky break and got a tryout with a famous tennis coach (Renee Richards - the one who got Martina Navratilova to #1 in the world). While she couldn't hit ten forehands in a row, Jean could dive on cement and hit balls between her legs. Based on Jean's potential, Renee took her on as her protégé. But, because Renee lived in NYC, it was suggested that Jean study in Manhattan to accommodate her training schedule. Read more... some place called Julliard would be a good fit. But, Jean was a stupid teenager and passed. After about a year, it became clear that her heart was elsewhere and Jean opted to go to college vs training and trying to do the circuit. They parted ways and Jean accepted a full scholarship to college at the age of 16. She majored in Theater but was forced to give it up when rehearsals and performances interfered with her tennis travel schedule. Fast forward to 2008 when Jean walked away from a six-figure job at a major television network to pick up where she left off.