Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin
Stosur’s long-forgotten time capsule reveals early drive that propelled her to fulfil international dreams
WHEN she was nine years old, Sam Stosur wrote down some of the loftiest ambitions you’re ever likely to see from a primary schooler.
But when she walks out onto Ariake Tennis Park for her round 1 showdown against Elina Rybakina, Stosur will have shattered those predictions to the point teammate Ajla Tomljanovic has branded her achievements “rude and unrealistic”.
Stosur will fly the Aussie flag as one of just two Australians competing in the singles on the first day of tennis in Tokyo, and in doing so will become the first Australian tennis player to play in a fifth Olympic Games.
When she was in Year 5, Stosur and her classmates at Gaven State School on the Gold Coast were asked to do a time capsule – which was dug up nearly 20 years later and revealed just how determined the future grand slam winner was at a young age.
“My goals were go to an Olympic Games, win a grand slam and be No.1 in the world,” the 2011 US Open champion said.
“I’ve been able to do two of those three things, so when I was 10 years old dreaming of what life could be… it’s pretty remarkable.
“Looking back, I’m like ‘geez, what kind of kid was I wanting to do all that?”… but you’ve got to dream it to do it.”
Her achievements aren’t lost on Tomljanovic, who along with Ash Barty, will start her maiden Olympic tennis campaigns on Sunday.
“It’s just crazy and so impressive. What she’s achieved is incredible,” Tomljanovic said.