Sunday, August 16, 2020

Home Court Advantage

"Professional WTA Tennis player Sophie Chang of the United States returns balls that are served by her father, Robert, via a tennis ball machine her grandmother's farm on June 3, 2020 in Havre de Grace, Maryland."

It hasn't been easy when searching for professionals athletes training during Covid-19, but that's what makes each shoot amazing.

The first step is always finding someone with a unique regimen. Then it's connecting with them and finally executing candidly.

A lot of problem is communication. Athletes, agents are busy - and finding a time that works for both of us is also a challenge.

With that in mind, I've driven over six hours each way to photograph some of the best athletes trying to stay in shape during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Willing to drive anywhere - I did that March through May. Long drives in the car, met by short workouts, then to turn back around. That was until I discovered professional WTA Tennis player Sophie Chang. She lived within minutes of my home.

Chang, who typically travels 30 weeks a year to compete professionally, at the time was training at her grandmother's farm - the very place she hit her first ball. Any tennis players oasis - a full size court to hit balls steps from her bed.

She continues to chase her dreams of a Grand Slam victory despite the pandemic
postponing play through July. That will be a special day for Chang and her family knowing that she started here and returned to here roots during a tough time for all.


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