Teen ace dares to dream of grand slam success
MADDINGTON’S Crystal Mildwaters is continuing to do big things in tennis at just 15.
She took out the 28th Andrada Cup in the under16s and 18s divisions last month, as well as the Philippine National Championship in Manila.
Mildwaters, who has already received sponsorship from Head for racquets and bags, claimed the Australian Under-14 Girls National Grasscourt Championships in Adelaide in April last year.
She is putting all her energy into tennis and has enrolled in distance education to help her work towards her goal of becoming a professional player.
The teenager said she enjoyed playing tennis all the time.
“I do my work at home and then come here and plays tennis,” she said.
Mildwaters has been training with John and Tate Roberts, from Brixton Tennis, who train at Memorial Park tennis courts in Martin, since the age of nine.
She said the key to her success was a lot of training.
“I come to training every day and work with Tate,” she said.
“I’m pretty good mentally.”
She said it was her dream to join the professional circuit and play in a grand slam.
To achieve this, she must play more pro tour events and defeat pro players.
Her coach said Mildwaters had been a good student from the beginning.
“She always listened to instructions and applied them very well and did consistent training,” he said.
“We’ll need a five-to-seven-year plan to get to that level of playing a grand slam.”
Crystal Mildwaters aims to play tennis professionally.