Born: 28 / 05 / 1999 – Hindhead, UK
Sport: Tennis (Career High World Ranking: 169)
Biggest sporting accolade: W25 Jerusalem winner (2019), UK Pro Series winner (2020)
Resilience doesn’t go far enough to describe the so far tumultuous journey of Jodie Burrage. Tipped as one of GB’s brightest prospects as a junior, Jodie suffered with ankle issues that resulted in 3 surgeries in as many years in her late teens. For many that would be enough but for Jodie it was further motivation to deliver on her junior potential.
Just as she was returning to full fitness and preparing to get back onto the court Covid struck, delaying the continued world ranking rise that started in 2017. But Jodie hasn’t let that get in the way, behind close doors at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton Jodie racked up wins against some of GB’s and the worlds best players including Jo Konta and Emma Raducanu. A rolling stone gathers no moss and with international tournaments back on Jodie has converted that form into world ranking points by making the final at the W15 Monastir and with an equally impressive run to the semi-finals of the W25 Cherbourg-en-Cotentin alongside winning 4 ITF titles.
2022 looks to hold exciting prospects for Jodie who’s focus is on breaking into the world’s top 100 and becoming a regular at Grand Slams across the world, particularly on her preferred surface at Wimbledon as her grass court season included being runner-up at Ilkley, an ITF Europe tournament.
Having got into the sport due to her mum’s passion for the game; the importance of inspiring the next generation is engrained in Jodie as she’s often in schools and local tennis clubs championing the sport. When relaxing Jodie can be found on the golf course, walking her young puppy Otto or eating burgers and watching rugby with boyfriend Ben White, who represents Scotland and club team is London Irish.