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Biofile Nicole Gibbs


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By Scoop Malinowski

Status: WTA no. 125. Won NCAA titles in both singles and doubles at Stanford in 2012 (only third player in history to do it – Linda Gates, Keri Phebus, then repeated as singles champion the following year.

Ht: 5-6

DOB: March 3, 1993 In: Cincinnati, Ohio

First Tennis Memory: Playing with my dad (Paul) as a girl, back in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tennis Inspirations:  My dad [laughs]. And then also I think the Williams sisters really paved the way for American tennis.

Last Book Read: I read Pete Buttigieg’s bio. (Who?) He’s running for President  for Democratic party.

Current Car:  I drive a Mini Cooper S (red).

First Famous Tennis Player You Met Or Encountered: Jelena Dokic. (Where?) Actually down the road at Saddlebrook. She started to train on the courts and my dad got a photo with her. I was ten years old.

Greatest Career Moment:  Third round of US Open. First time making it (2014).

Most Painful Moment:  I’m not sure. There are a lot [laughs]. It’s a tough sport. Yeah, I honestly can’t think of one right now (moments after three-set semifinal win vs Danko Kovinic at ITF $80,000 Innisbrook Open in Palm Harbor, Florida last week).

Favorite Tournaments: US Open. Australian Open.

Funniest Players Encountered: Kristie Ahn is a nut. Jenny Brady is up there.

Closest Tennis Friends: Kristie Ahn. Asia Muhammad.

Fiercest Competitor:  Serena.

Funny Tennis Memory:  Not that I can think of right now [smiles]. I’m sure I have many.

Best You Ever Felt On Court: Indian Wells 2016. The whole tournament I felt pretty good.

Favorite Sport Outside Tennis: To watch – basketball.

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: LeBron James. All the women (WTA). I watch it avidly every night.

Why Do You Love Tennis: I love to compete.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookie dough.

Nickname: Gibbsy.

People Qualities Most Admired: Loyalty and respect.


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  • Jg · April 10, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I didn’t know Pete Buttegieg had a biography out there, may read it, learned something outside of tennis from Gibsey.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 10, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Nicole was nice enough to do this interview after a long tough 3 set win in the semis after another three setter in the previous round vs Dabrowski. She was tired but did it standing. Then lost the final 0 and 1 to Krejcikova. I watched her warm up before the semi, she did all kinds of leg exercises and arm warm up with a heavy stick connected to a band, these weird bottle type weights. She has a hard core fitness guru guy with a Paire like beard traveling with her but no coach or maybe this guy is her coach too. Gibbs is determined to get into the top 100 and much higher. Hope she does.



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