Throughout most of her childhood, Charlotte Madson played tennis solely for fun. Living just two minutes away from local tennis courts, she would hit with her father and older sister from time to time.
Eventually, she fell in love with the game.
Madson made the switch from recreational to competitive tennis at 14. She began enrolling in clinics, private lessons and junior tournaments all over Pittsburgh. Right away, she felt the competitive side of tennis felt natural.
“I loved playing an independent sport where I was in complete control,” she said. “I believe competitive tennis is the most challenging sport, both mentally and physically. Tennis pushes me past many limits; whether that means chasing down one more ball or having to stay mentally relaxed during game-changing points.”
Madson began to see her training pay off as her junior accolades began pouring in.
Playing for Upper St. Clair High School, she placed third in the Pennsylvania State Championships two years in a row while also finishing as the WPIAL Class AAA singles runner up in 2014 and 2015.
Coaches recognized Madson’s high school game, and thought it would translate to the next level.
They were right.
Madson accepted a scholarship to play tennis at William and Mary, were she immediately found success. In her freshman season, Madson contributed to the team’s Colonial Athletic Associations (CAA) Championship.
Despite all of her success in the sport of tennis, Madson continues to remain humble and hungry for more as she heads into her sophomore season and eyes both personal and team goals.
“I am continuing to focus on having a growth mindset and working on improving everyday in order to advance in our competitive line-up,” she said. “And, of course, winning another CAA Championship and advancing in NCAAs.”