A conversation with Ronit Yurovsky
Assistant Coach, Penn State University Women’s Tennis
Ronit Yurovsky first gained name recognition while playing tournaments in Pittsburgh, Pa. Back
then, the small girl with a big forehand was making waves — taking down players years older
than her (often with ease), and doing it with grace and sportsmanship.
Fast forward 15 years, and Yurovsky is now adapting to a different type of tennis life as an
assistant coach at Penn State. In the past are her hundreds of junior wins, her four-year
standout career at Michigan and her two years on the pro tour. She’s still using that experience,
though, and hopes to influence the lives of many other players as they advance through their
own tennis careers.
Take us through the last few years, playing pro tennis.
After college I was a little bit unsure if I wanted to continue to play, or to close the chapter on
that part of my life. My entire life I dreamed of playing on the pro tour, and not many people
get the opportunity to do that. I figured I would regret it if I didn’t give it a shot, so I went for it.
Pro tennis took me to incredible places and it helped me meet incredible people. It was an
experience I’ll always look back on without any regrets. It was nothing but awesome memories.
What was the most memorable tournament experience you had in your time as a pro?
I love a really electric atmosphere. I love playing in front of a big crowd. I remember one time,
playing in Mexico. It was a 25 or 50K event, and no matches started before 4 p.m. because the
event organizers wanted that feature-match atmosphere. It was a really small town, and the
entire community would come watch these matches. It was really cool to play in front of what
felt like an entire city. They were cheering and having the best time with the players, regardless
of where we were from.
What did the pro tennis experience do for you, off the court?
It taught me a lot about myself, career-wise, and what I wanted to do in the future. I knew that
I wanted to stay involved with tennis and that I had a lot to give back to the game. It taught me
about grinding and hard work. I think that’s really relatable as I move into a coaching career,
and it’s something great to share with the young women I’m coaching.
Talk about your new position as an assistant coach at Penn State.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here. There is no reason this shouldn’t be one of the top
programs in the BIG10 and even nationally. I’m familiar with the BIG10, having played college
tennis in the conference. I know about the recruiting area and I’m comfortable with our girls.
They just hired Alex Anghelescu as head coach. I think she can really make this program what it
should be and it’s exciting to come in with her and have a chance to make an impact.
One thing that stood out to me right away is the tennis community at Penn State. It’s got a
great supporting area. People here love their tennis.
It’s great being so close to home. Being from Pittsburgh but playing college tennis at Michigan,
my parents missed a lot of my time playing. But being close now, it gives them a good
opportunity to come visit, and I can get back home any time, which is great. It’s nice that going
home is such an easy option.