Dumova tennis was inspired by my mother Valentina Dumova who was an entrepreneur and athlete in her own right. Having grown up in the Soviet Union, she sacrificed her own Olympic ambitions as a rhythmic gymnast to give her family a chance at the American dream. As a single parent she worked multiple jobs, raised two young children and studied holistic nutrition and wellness with the intention of starting her own business. Now, as a mother myself, I have tremendous respect for what she was able to accomplish. She fostered a love of health and athletics that has stayed with me throughout my career and life.