Dana Perino on why she picked up tennis

10.15.2020 - By TENNIS.com Podcast

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"Look at Billie Jean King. Would the three of us be sitting here having this conversation about tennis on TENNIS.com if it hadn’t been for women like her?"
News anchor Dana Perino joins the show to share how tennis enriched her life during one of the most challenging periods of her career. She talks about her newfound love for the game, her White House experiences, how she deals with haters on Twitter, the power of the athlete voice, and why she's writing a third book to help young women navigate through the dreaded quarter-life crisis.
Nicknamed "The Voice of Reason", Perino was appointed White House press secretary by President George W. Bush in 2007. That made her just the second female in history to hold the position. The 48-year-old is currently an anchor for Fox News covering her third presidential election, and is the host of "The Daily Briefing" and "The Five". She's also the author of two books, "And the Good News Is..." and "Let Me Tell You About Jasper", the latter of which focuses on her beloved Vizsla, Jasper.
Tennis came into her life during the 2016 presidential election when she says she went from being America's sweetheart to America's ex-wife. She and her husband Peter McMahon began taking lessons together and even attended a tennis camp in South Carolina on vacation. Like the quality time spent with her famous dog Jasper, tennis became a way to balance out her hectic work life, and while it's a sport she picked up late, she's planning to play for life.
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