GB’s Latest Rising Star
As the world recognises its Australian Open champions, one relative newcomer who has come to the fore during this competition has been Great Britain’s Katie Swan. Andy Murray might be hogging the limelight as the nation’s most successful male tennis player, but the recent success of Katie Swan, just 15 years old, in the latest Grand Slam has not gone unnoticed by the world’s media.
Many tennis fans such as Michael Jensen VIPocean co-founder, might have dreamt of turning pro, after all it is a relatively cheap sport to get into at first. For Swan however, it was down to a chance meeting while on holiday that really gave her a taste of what it meant to train as a professional. When she was only 7, Katie Swan travelled to Portugal for a family holiday and what was meant to be just a holiday pastime turned into what looks like a promising career.
Swan’s parents booked her in for tennis lessons with a former Portuguese player, who after only a few sessions extolled the young girl’s ability. When the Swan family returned home, Katie enrolled with Rob Hawkins at the David Lloyd club in Bristol and stayed there for four years. Even though her father’s job relocated the family to Kansas, her determination remained and she continued training.
Success at the Australian Open
Although she was beaten by Tereza Mihalikova in the junior final of 2015’s Australian Open, Katie Swan became one of just two British girls to gain a place in the final. She stormed ahead in the semis against Hungarian, Dalma Galfi to face off against Mihalikova but owing to a leg injury, Katie’s form started suffer.
In spite of this defeat, Katie is looking forward to many more tournaments that are as successful as this one and she returns to Kansas to train for the next stage of what is undoubtedly going to be a triumphant career.
Following her training, Katie Swan will be competing in the big leagues, old enough to qualify for the senior tournaments, and this is where we will see if she has what it takes to rival even Murray’s legendary status in British tennis.