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MARTINA DESSBESELL, A Brazilian Tennis Talent

”While growing up in Brazil, I was always involved in many sports such as soccer, team handball, and volleyball; but I fell in love with tennis. I concentrated on tennis from an early age and went on to play junior, professional, and collegiate tournaments. Tennis led me to achieve many goals, but more importantly, it helped me to discover my true passion: fitness and nutrition.

As a tennis player, I was ranked in the top 10 juniors in Brazil, and as a result, I was able to travel internationally to compete. Soon after, I was presented with the opportunity to study and play tennis at Jacksonville State University, a Division I university in Alabama, on a full tennis scholarship. At Jacksonville, I not only gained valuable knowledge in the classroom, but also experienced memorable moments on the tennis courts. Pursuing an Exercise Science and Wellness degree in conjunction with a Nutrition minor, helped me to better understand the biomechanics involved with a sport. This knowledge enabled me to achieve two undefeated dual match seasons in singles. After qualifying to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, I elected to pursue a master’s degree in PE and Nutrition, while representing JSU in women’s soccer.

After graduate school, I was hired by Saddlebrook Resort and Spa – a world-renowned facility with one of the best tennis academies in the world – in Wesley Chapel, FL. At Saddlebrook, I had the chance to work with one of the best coaches in the tennis circuit nowadays, Craig Boynton (trained John Isner – USA top professional tennis player), I was coaching world-class tennis players, as well as directing their conditioning and fitness training. This experience allowed me to perfect my skills both as a tennis coach/athlete and fitness trainer.”




Jurere Sports Center, Jurere International – Florianopolis/SC, Brazil

  • More than fifty state titles
  • More than forty national tennis titles
  • Ranked top one state tennis player for the ages of fourteen, sixteen, and eighteen years
  • Ranked top ten junior tennis player in Brazil


Jacksonville State University Women’s Tennis – Jacksonville, Alabama

  • Named OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) Team Player for the years 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Number one doubles and two singles tennis player at Jacksonville State University
  • Undefeated single player during Junior and Senior years
  • OVC Regular Season Championship for the year 2010
  • OVC Regular Season and OVC Tennis Championship for the year 2011


“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”.

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