A Birmingham native, Waites played tennis collegiately at North Alabama from 2007 to 2010. She was a first-team All-Gulf South Conference selection in 2009 and was named second-team all-league three times. In 2010, she was honored on the GSC All-Decade Team.
Waites was also the GSC East Division Freshman of the Year in 2007. She helped North Alabama to appearances in the NCAA Division II tournament in both 2007 and 2008.
Waites played her prep tennis in the Birmingham area at Oak Mountain High School, where she was a state champion.
She has spent time teaching tennis at Inverness Tennis Center and Brook Highland Racquet Club in the Birmingham area, working with high school and middle school teams as well as junior players.
Waites earned her bachelor's degree in marketing from North Alabama in 2010 and is currently working on her master's degree in coaching and sports management from the United States Sports Academy.