Tidwell said being able to let bad shots go without getting down on herself has been the key to her success.
“I’m seeing her doing the right things that she needs to do to be a better doubles player,” Waller said.
“She’s practicing really intense, and she’s been working on the weaknesses in her game, like her serve and a little bit of her footwork. She’s actually really focused on it the last few months a lot harder, and I feel like that’s really helping her game, (along with) her aggressiveness and ability to change the style that she’s so comfortable with.”
Though Tidwell ran cross country as a junior and played basketball as a sophomore, she skipped cross country this past fall to focus on tennis. She said once the season ends, she’ll miss being around her teammates, who are some of her best friends.
“I love playing tennis,” Tidwell said.
Once she graduates McAlester High School, Tidwell said she plans to go to Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton for two years, then go to pharmacy school. Her father, Darren Tidwell, owns pharmacies in Wilburton and Eufaula, and Tidwell said she’s grown up be around pharmacies and pharmacists.
Oklahoma has two major pharmacy schools: the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Tidwell said she’d prefer to go to OU.
“My mom went to OU, and we’ve watched OU football,” Tidwell said. “My aunt went to OU. I’ve seen the campus and I just really liked it.”
When she’s not playing tennis, Tidwell is a three-year Diamond Doll, providing snacks for and cheering on McAlester’s baseball team. She said Diamond Dolls each pick a player to support, and for her that’s fellow senior and third baseman Brandon Green.