Liz Cruz Flores, National Professional Tennis Champion

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Liz began playing tennis at a young age in El Salvador.  Early in her career she represented El Salvador in the Fed Cup Tennis and played in other Women's Tennis Association (WTA) professional tournaments.  During one of the tournaments, she was approached and recruited by Gigi Fernandez to come play at the University of Southern Florida (USF).  

During her USF years, she played Division 1 tennis where the team won the Big East Conference. After four successful years, she was invited to be the Women’s Assistant Coach while completing her master’s degree in Business at USF. Since moving to Connecticut in 2011, Liz began teaching tennis as an Assistant Tennis Professional from 2011-2015 and began to play Platform Tennis.  She quickly became hooked on the game and became a top-ranked professional player.  

Throughout her short platform tennis career, Liz won two National Championships in 2015 & 2018, was a Finalist in 2017 and her team is ranked number one in 2018.  Naturally, Liz was invited to teach at Performance Paddle Camps along with Gerri Viant and Mike Gillespie who have a combined 22 National Paddle titles. Liz has an infectious enthusiasm for teaching tennis and paddle tennis at all levels and for all ages.  She encourages participation in racquet sports by planning a wide variety of events not only to grow skill levels but also to promote on and off court fellowship.

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