A Star Is Born

Tennis stars as kids: A Few Years Before Their Time

By: Aleksejus Podpruginas


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovič, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova are well known as tennis superstars. But the path to their pinnacle of the success started many years before they got their first ranking point. We at Topspin Tennis.com decided to collect a few videos for you to admire.


Let‘s start with "The king of the clay” the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. Since his first days, it has been clear that he is dominating in clay.

Rafa in action at age of 13



And here, the Spaniard is playing at the age of 13 against another top 10 player in the future, the Frenchman Richard Gasquet.


The typical backhand and the lethal forehand have been seen already in the shots of the 6 year old Serbian Novak Djokovič,who became to be
world number one and dominating the throne with amazing tennis.



The Swiss phenomenon, and ne of the best tennis players in the history of the modern tennis era, Roger Federer, already at the age of 15 managed to win the wall. The wall gave a fight, but fluffed against the future 17 Grand Slam winner. Deep condolences to the wall.


Serena Williams is one of the most popular tennis stars in the world with 34 Grand Slam titles began her career in the US with her father who is up to these days is coming to see his daughter playing. In the following Video, Serena at the age of 12 is hitting with her father. Who could know that she will be one of the best women tennis players in the history.


Juan Martin Del Potro and Marin Čiličhave known each other for many years. We are wondering, is the Croatian still willing to avenge
his loss to the Argentinian in the Orange Ball when they were 14 years old?


The Russian Maria Sharapova,who won the Wimbledon at age of 16, where one of the most dominant players in Nick Bolletieri‘s academy. Basing on the next video, where the talented 14 year old Sharapova is bringing the cameras into her life in the academy. It seems to us that she used to like the pink color. We would like to ask Maria, what is her favorite color today?


Before they were stars they were simply kids. They had dreams and aspirations to become the world's best playing on the biggest stages in tennis. They managed to do it and today, they are inspirational figures for those who are dreaming just like they did when they were kids.

We will continue to bring to you your stars in their early ages. We are also interested in having other players send us their childhood videos. How do you stack up against the world's top players?




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