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New tennis instructor has case full of honors

By Brian Forbes

Moving to Idaho Springs and teaching tennis in Evergreen is just one more move in a list of dramatic scenery changes for Amy Jensen.

Get your globe and follow along: Jensen was born in Brisbane, Australia, before joining the University of California-Berkeley on a tennis scholarship. She was a five-time All America for the Golden Bears, and a three-time NCAA champion in doubles. She coached there for six years before coaching at the University of Denver for the past three years.

From Moreton Bay to San Francisco Bay to places where bays exist only in the fossil record, Jensen has recently taken over the juniors program at the Evergreen Sports Center and hopes to build a flourishing program for players from ages 3 to 17.

“It’s awesome. I’m loving it,” Jensen said. “It’s a change of scenery.”

Jensen said she took to tennis because she enjoyed the competitive and solitary nature of the sport. Although winning was something that she did well, she measures progress not by wins and losses, and feels that improvements are always relative to the individual.

“I loved the individual aspect of tennis where you’re really out there on your own,” she said. “I think that sense of accomplishment for kids, and also myself, growing up knowing you really did it yourself … you can’t beat that feeling knowing you’ve done it on your own.”

Jensen said she is still getting a feel for Evergreen’s tennis scene, although she knows a few things for certain. It’s an active community with lots of young athletes who could get a lot from the sport. Jensen, who is very excited to have the indoor facilities at her disposal, said she would like to create a relationship between herself and the Evergreen High School program as well.

With her collegiate experience as a player and coach, Jensen believes she is a great source of information for young athletes that aspire to play at the next level. And if they aren’t looking to swing the racket in college, Jensen is simply a believer in the sport.

“i think it’s great for the kids to have some goals that they can make their high school team and play in college ... I think that’s important for keeping them in the game.”