Etienne has become the GB No 1 under 9 player in the latest rankings Nov 2020. He has kindly agreed to answer a few questions to help other juniors have an understanding of his tennis journey from first starting to becoming GB No.1 and what it has taken to reach this wonderful achievement.
When you first started playing.
I was 5 years old and my first coach was Sue
It was very fun and I liked trying to hitting the ball
I started with only 1h a week to begin with but then I was invited to a Hills Road performance group. Now I have 2h of 1 to 1 and 4.5h of group sessions most weeks.
Sometimes play 1-2h a week with my family or family at CLTC.
YES! I love playing football for Trumpington FC!
Starting to compete.
I was nearly 6 years old and I really enjoyed the matches especially hitting good shots but didn’t like losing!!
Yes, I sometimes missed a few football matches, birthday parties and playdates so that I could do training and county matches!
Rafa Nadal – because he is a great competitor, makes awesome shots and very respectful
Except this year, I usually play around 15-18 tournaments a year
My favourite thing is hitting winners, playing tournaments and having fun and also running to get every ball back!
Here and now.
I started to hit more aggressive shots and go to the net at the right times. I am recognising my opponents’ weaknesses so I can hit there more often. And I am trying not to lose focus if I am down in a set or get a bad line call.
I really enjoy watching tennis, especially Rafa, and trying to copy their shots. I really like Thiem’s backhand and try hitting ping-pong shots like him!
I would like to play some Grade 2 tournaments in green, improve my serve and net play and make some new friends. Off the court I still play football and score lots of goals.
I love competing, but against some strong players, points can go on forever, so it’s tough to keep energy high!
B. Never give up
C. Train hard
D. Play fair
E. Enjoy yourself / have fun!