Amanda Friday grew up on a ranch in the small town of Harper, Texas, playing many different sports. But tennis was her favorite, and with her mother as her coach, she hit the road playing tournaments all over the state. Today, Friday is still traveling the state, but as the tennis service rep covering the Panhandle/West Texas region. “Amanda’s passion for tennis and her ability to network with people and get things done is amazing,” says Mike Carter, the section’s director of community development. Friday has an undergrad communications degree from Texas Tech (continuing a family tradition at that university), where she also received a master’s in corporate communications. She joined the Texas section in 2011 as a 10 and Under Tennis coordinator. “Amanda is the kind of person who never has a bad day, never met a stranger, lights up any room she enters, and makes things happen,” Carter adds.