Haley L Mendez
Birthdate: August 16th, 1993
Turned Pro: 09/16
Shoe size: 8.5
World Ranking: 36
Prince O3 Speedport Black
Asics Gel Blade
NYC, New York
Brooklyn, New York & Cheltenham, England
Haley’s formative years on court took place at the Heights Casino in Brooklyn where she was coached by an exceptional group of former professionals including Julian Wellings, Fiona Geaves and Linda Elriani.
During her junior career she reached a highest national ranking of #1 U19, was consistently ranked top three in her age group, and was a three time National Finalist. She represented the United States at three Junior World Championships, helping the team to its first ever second place finish during her final appearance in 2011. She was the winner of US Squash’s DeRoy Sportsmanship Award presented annually to one male and one female ranked junior who has best represented and demonstrated the principles of fair play and sportsmanship during their junior career. While competing individually she was a four-time letter winner at Packer Collegiate High School and captained the boys’ team during her senior year.
Haley spent her collegiate squash career at Harvard University coached by Mike Way. During her four years representing the Crimson, she won three National Championships and three Ivy League Titles, earned three Individual All American honors and served as a captain during both her junior and senior years. Off the court she majored in Human Evolutionary Biology graduating Cum Laude, and received Academic All Ivy honors.
Haley's playing career was interrupted during her senior year when she suffered a torn ACL followed several months later by a torn meniscus. While recovery was an arduous journey, her injuries and two resultant knee operations gave her the opportunity to build upon her coaching skills, in both individual, private lessons and school, team practices.
Following this playing hiatus and a successful rehab program, Haley finally embarked upon her professional squash career in the fall of 2016. She eventually plans on going to business school after her playing career.