Jesse Levine is an American tennis pro who currently ranks No.95 as of September this year.
He was born on October 15, 1987 in Ontario, Canada, and started playing tennis when he was just seven years old. Born and raised in a Jewish family, Levine displays a Star of David on his chain and keeps kosher at home.
When he was 13 years old, his family moved to Florida in order to better the medical condition of his brother, whose ulcerative colitis was best treated in warm weather environments.
Levine had a great junior tennis career. In 2001, he won the US Clay Court 14 Nationals unexpectedly, scoring twenty-three (23) consecutive points in the last set of the competition. In 2003, he won the USTA doubles championship with his tennis partner Jean Yves Aubone. He was ranked 23rd in the USTA national junior rankings in 2005, where he was judged to have the best service return.
Early in his career, Levine was criticized for being too small for tennis. Levine stands 5’9 tall, while an average tennis pro is expected to be at least 6 ft. tall. Despite this criticism, Levine eventually became a star athlete in tennis, and among his valuable strengths include his speed and his superb forehand. In addition to these athletic strengths, Levine’s impeccable hand-eye coordination permits him to handle the ball exceptionally early. The advantage of the criticism early in his career made Levine perform a lot more competitively, a trait that has become his motivating factor to get ahead of the game.
Levine is the favorite practice partner of former World No. 1 Roger Federer; he was invited to play with the Swiss pro in Dubai in 2007 and this year, as preparation for the 2008 Australian Open.