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I played a bunch of different sports growing up. I loved them all. But tennis was the one that stuck with me. I was about six or seven years old when I started playing. First practising and then competing in tournaments any chance I got. It became clear pretty quick that tennis was the sport I wanted to follow.
The mental and individual aspects of tennis make it unique and challenging. Those were the main attractions. You have to be in the best physical shape to have the best chance of winning. But having a clear focus and being confident in your mental game is just as important. They go hand in hand, it’s hard to have success with just one of those two elements.
I play to become the best player I can be. My ultimate goal is to win a Grand Slam. I love working hard and chasing that dream. I feel very lucky to wake up every day and do what I love.
That’s what drives me – trying to achieve the goals I set for myself, to become the best I can be.
I’ve already had some great moments in tennis. Reaching the semi-finals of the 2016 Madrid Open and qualifying for the 2016 French Open, my first Grand Slam. Those have been my most memorable achievements so far.
In the future, I’d love to do well in the US Open. I grew up in New York, so that’s my favourite tournament. It’s been my dream to play there, ever since I was a kid, and I absolutely love the atmosphere.
My best matches are ones where I execute my game plan, fight for every point, and give myself the best shot at success I can.
I love working hard and chasing that dream. I feel very lucky to wake up every day and do what I love.
Right handed, Two handed backhand
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