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Donovan Noel

Donovan's lifelong journey with tennis began when his parents brought him to the courts as their ball boy at seven years old. He spent the next 20 years on the court, including a year playing for the Texas A&M and then competing in professional circuits.

Nearly a decade later, Donovan returned to college at Sam Houston State to complete his studies in literature and philosophy.

His career led him to work as an editor  for newsletter production company before founding the Texas Excellence Tennis Academy, where he spent a decade coaching and producing several dozen collegiate and professional players. He was nominated as a USPTR National coach.

After injuries, Donovans rackets evolved into a keyboard and he's now pursuing  his lifelong dream of writing.


Below is a brief visual representation of the influences of Donovan's life journey.


  • Orthodox Hindu

  • Half French - Quarter Norwegian - Quarter Irish

  • INFT - A (The Mediator)

  • Devout meditator - loves to live with eyes closed.

  • Relatives - Betsy Ross and Lizzy Bordon (found not-guilty)

  • France

  • Autumn / Pumpkins

  • Writing

  • Dark European Chocolate


  • Montreal Canadiens - "Go Habs Go!"

  • Countries - FRANCE - Norway - Iceland

  • Favorite Books - The Little Prince - Count of Monte Christo - One Light - The Two Lives of Robert Four

  • Favorite Authors - Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas

  • Favorite Movie - Akira Kurusawa's Dreams

  • Favorite Saying- "La Joie de Vivre" -The Joy of Life

  • Favorite Place in America - New England

  • Favorite Spot in Paris - Montmartre & Pere Lachaise

  • Favorite composer - Eric Satie (Gymnopedia #1)

  • Favorite Tennis Player - Ugo Humbert

  • Favorite Backhand - Richard Gasquet & J. Connors

  • Favorite Serve - Pierre-Hugues Hebert


Serious Obsessions


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