Danielle Collins: A Recap of the #1 Women's Tennis Player’s Career

By Nali Milne 

March 2, 2024
Danielle Collins reaching No. 7 worldwide in 2022 (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Danielle Collins is a professional tennis player for the United States, and has been since 2016. Collins has been playing tennis since she was three years old, but this year, the incredible athlete will retire at a surprisingly young age of 30.

Despite being younger than most athletes who retire from tennis, Danielle has faced many challenges throughout her career which could be responsible for her premature leave. Her health issues began in 2019, when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She was also diagnosed with endometriosis, which is a disease in the uterus which can cause extreme pain in the pelvis, and can last from your first menstrual cycle all the way until you go through menopause.

However, her accomplishments overshadow her health problems tenfold. Danielle reached a career high of No.7 in singles and became America’s No.1 ranked women’s player, winning two WTA Tour singles titles. 

She grew up in Florida, where she graduated from Northeast High school. She trained at the Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club for six years before training at IMG academy for 2 years. After being named the N0. 2 recruit of her class, she received a scholarship from the University of Florida to continue her tennis career.

Before this incredible tennis sensation ends her career, she still has the 2024 season to complete. Collins is now ranked 56th in the world, and is quite the inspiration to athletes struggling with health issues all around the world. 

(Photo credit: Getty Images)