Katia Hudson, Tennis Professional
Katia Hudson is a Tennis Professional with 14 years teaching experience and 25 years playing tennis. She has 14 years of tournament experience playing opens and invitationals across the United States. Katia was a University Scholarship Recipient from Illinois State University graduating with honors and received a Bachelor of Arts in French.
Originally from Chicago, she has lived in St. Louis MO, Caen Normandy France, San Diego CA, and now Gig Harbor, WA. She founded her own tennis teaching academy in San Diego, CA prior to moving to Washington with her fiancé, who is stationed at the Bremerton Navy Base.
Katia approaches teaching tennis with heavy emphasis on game strategy, physical fitness, and mental endurance. After working with thousands of students, she has come to realize the mental challenges of tennis are usually the most difficult yet receive the least amount of focus. Therefore, this has become the cornerstone of her teaching.
Outside of tennis, Katia loves to travel and has visited over a dozen different countries and the entire continental United States. (She still needs to make it to Hawaii and Alaska to complete the 50.) She loves a good adrenaline rush and has gone skydiving and paragliding. Katia also enjoys rock climbing, rope climbing courses, kayaking, snowboarding, surfing, and ocean swimming. She loves to bake and eat baked goods! Katia eventually wants to attend UCLA to pursue a career in environmental law, “probably when her knees can no longer stand another day of tennis.”
Katia also has her Pilates Mat Certifications. She uses Pilates as a way to incorporate low-impact cross training specifically focusing on building core strength to reduce risk of on-court injuries. Look for Katia teaching Pilates in the KTAC fitness room as well as on the court.