15-Year Old Nigerian-American Whitney Osuigwe Is Carving A Niche For Herself In Junior Tennis

Whitney Osuigwe is A US-born tennis player of Nigerian descent. She is the reigning French Open junior champion, and the first American to win the girls’ singles event in 28 years.

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The last time the US won the girls’ event at the Junior French Open was in 1989. However, that 28-year-old drought was brought to an end by Whitney Osuigwe in June this year when the 15-year-old beat a 17-year-old to take home the trophy.

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Born in the US, Osuigwe started playing tennis at the age of six. Her Nigerian father, who is her coach, knew she had the potential to play professionally when she started beating her elder brother at that age. This made him enroll her full-time at IMG Academy, a tennis training college in Florida.

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According to KweseESPN, Osuigwe started putting in eight hours of training and two hours in the gym daily, and her first breakthrough came in 2014 when she won the 12-year-old division at the Junior Orange Bowl. The following year, she won the 14-year-old division at the Easter Bowl, a popular tournament for junior players in the US.

Although she was only 13 at the start of 2016, Osuigwe played junior tournaments in the highest division where she competed against players as old as 18.

She turned professional this year. From standing at number 111 in the ITF junior girls’ rankings, she catapulted straight to number two after winning the French Open. Within days, she was ranked number one after garnering the highest points in the rankings released on June 10.

Although Osuigwe’s ranking has been rising and falling between one and two, she has her eyes on the Grand Slams and is ready to kick ass once she turns 16.

This piece was first published in konbini.com


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