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Former professional tennis player Neha Uberoi joins the podcast to discuss her life journey. She tells us of her unique experience as a first generation South Asian immigrant growing up in a household of 5 girls in Princeton NJ and breaking the stereotype by excelling in sports(4:30). Her talent in tennis was obvious and at a very young age she moved(5:30) to Florida to join her older sister Shikha and Andy Roddick at Saddlebrook academy. At the academy she was in for some social and culture shocks as a girl with short hair beating many of the boys(9:30). Going undefeated in her freshman year at Princeton, Neha had a very different experience in terms of wins and losses on the professional circuit. Dealing with wins and losses on tour was a stressful and solitary experience(15:00). The anxieties on tour with a toxic coach manifested themselves in a bout with depression and an eating disorder, binging and purging even after big wins(25:00). At 22 years of age she has to make the most difficult decision of her life, to quit tennis(29:00) and start a new life by going back to another pressure cooker of academia at Princeton University. It took her a long time to adjust to the "real world" and find the perspective of trusting the process(41:00) over her goal-oriented prior experience. Balancing lofty expectations with the competitive drive and ego required to become a professional athlete can be difficult in a world where success is not solely defined by wins and losses(49:00). Neha tells us about a non-profit organization that she co-founded with another Neha: South Asians in Sports(51:00) and the opportunities to be found in the Sports Industry moving forward. She finishes this episode telling us about masters degree she is pursuing in social work(59:00) and her outlook on life going forward. You can follow Neha's organization South Asians in Sports: a network for sports industry professionals.  It's free to join! Website: sainsports.com  Twitter: @sainsports  You can follow the Nothing Easy Podcast: instagram: @nothingeasypod email: nothingeasypod@gmail.com twitter: @nothingeaaaasy

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