Saddled with a dormant spirit though you might be, Melbourne, Australia is always a city that will ignite you to come alive., article, photo via

Often the leader in travel, the group Lonely Planet agrees and shares with passion, “It’s long been commented that Melbourne’s inner city is the most European of any in Australia; the leafy eastern section of Collins St was dubbed the ‘Paris end’ in the 1950s. It’s not the high-rises and bridges that strike you when you first visit Melbourne but the vast sporting edifices that fringe the city center. Sport is a crucial part of the social fabric, taking on something of a religious aspect here. In fact, sporting events have nearly as many public holidays allotted to them as religion.”

Watching a female professional tennis player take on American super star Venus Williams under the hot sun of the Australian Open in Melbourne is an exceptional way of gauging how the former plays under pressure against the best.

What it doesn’t tell you is whether her career is igniting and ascending, treading water or on the unfortunate decline.

We’re trying to figure where the talented American star Lauren Davis is headed, but her recent matches indicates thermal combustion., article, photo via zimbio

Lauren is another intriguing face to watch among the array of emerging American female tennis stars during the recent surge.


The young 24 year old is known for her aggressive backhand, quickness, and clay-court ability, she has won seven singles titles on the ITF tour.

While analyzing Davis’s game, Mike Whalley of the BBC labeled her backhand “a big weapon,” while E.J. Crawford of US described it as “terrific”, likening her style to that of Amanda Coetzer.

In May 2017, she reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 26 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She won her first WTA title at the 2017 ASB Classic in Auckland, where she defeated Ana Konjuh in the final.

Lauren reached her first WTA final at the 2016 Citi Open, where she was runner-up against Yanina Wickmayer. She reached her second career final at the Coupe Banque Nationale in September, and was runner-up to Oceane Dodin.

It’s 2018 and time to turn on the ignition and rev up the engine.

GREAT TENNIS PHOTOS, article, photo credit

Lauren won her first WTA title at the 2017 ASB Classic in Auckland, defeating Ana Konjuh in the final. She also reached the quarterfinals of the Qatar Total Open in Doha and the Dubai Duty Free Championships. As a result, she achieved a career-high ranking of world No. 37 in the Women’s Tennis Association. Steve Tignor of noted, “Lauren Davis is playing the tennis of her life.”

Given the ascension of the other young Americans including CiCi Bellis, Madison Keys, Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe, it’s a great time to begin to make her move.

She does seem to have one advantage over her fellow citizens.

In contrast to some of her American peers, who have been perceived as being uncomfortable on clay, Lauren is recognized for her skill on the surface. Following her second-round win at the 2015 Family Circle Cup, labeled her performance “a clay-court masterclass.”

Born in Gates Mills, Ohio, Lauren began playing tennis at age nine. Upon turning 16, she left her hometown for training at the Evert Tennis Academy.

Her parents both work in the medical profession.

Let’s briefly visit her hometown. It might surprise you.

Gates Mills is a village in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,270 at the 2010 census.

The village is a suburb of Cleveland and was originally part of Mayfield Township.

The town originally was named for Halsey Gates, the proprietor of a local mill.

The leadership at the city site welcomes, “Welcome to our Village. For over 180 years, residents have found Gates Mills—with its unique blend of Western Reserve architecture, civic engagement and convenient location—to be one of the most desirable locations in Northeast Ohio. With dozens of community organizations and multiple ways for residents to become involved in Village activities, our residents pride themselves on their strong sense of community. Similarly, our employees and our various government officials recognize that they are public servants, dedicated to maintaining our Village’s unique character and improving the lives of our residents.”

It’s understandable that they are proud of their community.


Just look at some of the beautiful palatial homes like this one., article, photo credit

And this one too., article, photo credit

Lauren is from a spacious and wonderful place.

When she felt it was time to take a sabbatical from tennis Lauren stayed in her parents’ house in Gate Mills. She got involved in her local church, met some new friends, picked up the piano and lived a life far away from the daily grind of the professional tennis tour.

After realizing how much she missed tennis, it was time to go back on tour.

Then the surge began in earnest.

When you listen to her interviews, she’s very calm and matter of fact but when you look at her Social Media, that’s where she really comes alive. She laughs, exercises and dances with gusto.

Check out her twitter.

As she climbs in the rankings and yes, so does her earnings. According to ESPN her career earnings are at a sensational $2,172,726 with $574,662 posting in 2017.

If she makes a decision to buy one of the masterful palaces in her hometown, it appears that she certainly can afford it.

That’s what happens when you ignite your career and come to life and stay alive., article, photo via Tennis World USA

In American the meaning of the name Lauren is: Of Laurentum. From the place of the laurel leaves. More defined it can also be interpreted as the English version of the Irish name Lorcan which means: Fierce.

In terms of her future Lauren says it best herself.

During a March 1, 2017 interview with our rising luminary shares, “Going into 2017, I didn’t really have any expectations, just a lot of confidence in my preparation and training,” Davis said, “and also how I was playing and how much I was enjoying the game. The results have taken care of themselves.”

As always with Lauren, well said.

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OPENING PHOTO CREDIT  (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)