Her father is her long-time tennis coach. Kenin is the reigning champion at the Australian Open (becoming the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women's singles title since Serena Williams in … Sofia Kenin was born to a father, Alex Kenin, and a mother, Lena Kenin.

Even though I don’t like to admit it sometimes, to tell him he’s right. 18 Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 7-6 (9), 6-2 on Monday; Rublev defeated Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (3). Sofia Kenin's father and coach is of the idea that hype should equal accomplishments always. However, they returned back again to the USA to help raise her well. Sofia represented America at the 2014 Youth Olympics, made her Grand Slam debut as a wildcard at the 2015 US Open and broke into the top 100 in March 2018. Her career really took off last year, when she won three singles titles and rose to a world ranking of 12. I would imagine that he would be sitting on the other side. Her father shared about their uphill battle for their tennis training in … Carreño Busta got to his fourth, and second at Roland Garros, by beating 186th-ranked qualifier Daniel Altmaier 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic is seeking a second French Open championship and 18th major trophy overall. Her father has always been her primary coach. He was like, ‘What just happened?’” Sofia said. We can share this forever.”, Alex Kenin arrived in New York from what was then the Soviet Union in 1987 with his wife, Lena, and a few hundred dollars in his pocket, searching for the “American Dream.”, He drove a taxi by night and went to English and computer school during the day, a period he describes as “very, very tough.”. If Sofia’s achievement is remarkable, it owes a great deal to her father, who was ever-present courtside during her increasingly impressive run through the Melbourne women’s draw.

The family started out from scratch and usually practiced tennis on the driveways. MBA tech grad.| Sports enthusiast| Writer by passion, Australian Open Wheelchair Doubles Winner Cannot Return Next Year, Grigor Dimitrov Announces Disheartening News Ahead of Rolex Paris Masters 2020, WATCH: Sofia Kenin Replies to Eugenie Bouchard’s Challenge, WATCH: Eugenie Bouchard Plays Tennis with a Twist, French Open 2020 Pre-Quarterfinalist Tests Positive for COVID-19. “People overlooked me. But despite her recent success, nobody predicted her victory in Melbourne. These days Alex Kenin, despite starting with close to zero tennis knowledge, is coaching a Grand Slam champion. What happened Monday came during the course of play, had nothing to do with emotion, and Djokovic immediately went over to check on the man, who shook it off and signaled a thumbs-up. “On the radio, they were telling me to go, I didn’t know the words – what they said. “It has happened to me, and to many other players, in the last 15 years that I’ve been on the tour.”. “First of all, I mean, I don’t know, like, why HER coach sat in that section,” said Kenin, who is seeded No. 4 in the world and is the top-ranked American in women's singles. AP Tennis Writer Fendrich reported from Washington; AP Sports Writer Pugmire reported from Paris. The family later settled in Florida; Kenin revealed her parents sacrificed themselves so she could have the American dream. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. They did return to Russia for a few months so her grandmother could help with the newborn – Sonya herself. Driving in New York, speaking English on the [taxi] radio. Tsitsipas eliminated No. I didn’t really understand why he was sitting there,” the 21-year-old American said, shrugging. “Now it’s obviously a surface that I really enjoy playing on.”. I wasn’t the tallest kid when I was little. However, how did he help his daughter to achieve her dream after a turbulent family past? During Saturday’s final, Alex could barely watch as Sofia closed on the win, and he filmed her winner’s speech — which was beamed live worldwide — on his mobile phone. “He knows what he’s talking about, he really knows it and he comes up with the right plans, the right strategies.”. PARIS (AP) Sofia Kenin entered 2020 with an 11-11 record in Grand Slam action. We’ve been dreaming about this — it’s a dream come true for us,” Sofia said.

Among men, only Federer, with 20, and Nadal, with 19, have won more.

“He’s a great person and sometimes we cannot control our emotions. The budding player is currently focused and dedicated to her tennis career and aims to reach the top of the WTA rankings.

The Russian immigrant family in the United States was fascinated with the sport of tennis. Kenin has always kept her personal life away from the limelight. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. Teenage prodigy Coco Gauff, World No. It’s just a mistake.”. Just thank you to him. He tried to help me.

Her nationality is American. “I know he’s a tough cookie.”.

Russian-born Alex, an unassuming, grey-haired man with a receding hairline, introduced Sofia to tennis, brought her up around the game and pushed her to achieve the extraordinary — crowned by her victory at the Australian Open on Saturday. However, there are many lesser-known facts about Kenin. “He’s seen how all the other coaches have been coaching their players, but he knows everything,” Sofia said, after stunning Garbine Muguruza in her first Grand Slam final. “It is very important for me to take this opportunity and fight harder this time, maybe do something better,” Tsitsipas said.

Alexander Kenin, father of Sofia Kenin of the U.S., right, and Emmanuel Planque, coach of France's Fiona Ferro, left, watch the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament between Kenin and Ferro at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. To continue enjoying Sportstar, you can turn off your adblocker or subscribe to Sportstar Plus. Sometimes it’s better to forget it,” Carreño Busta said.

Her birth place is in Moscow in Russia. Her father recognized her tennis talent and arranged training sessions for her with Rick Macci in Florida’s Broward. 17 Pablo Carreño Busta, and No. This is a tough situation for him. AP Sports Writer John Leicester in Paris contributed.

“I had to work at night, go to school in the morning.

Her father has always been her primary coach. She’s so small. 13 Andrey Rublev. What are you doing? Yeah, he really works hard.

“We had a very big driveway, so it was logical – ‘alright, what shall we do after work?’ So I gave her two racquets and we played in the driveway,” Alexander said. He joins a long list of tennis dads who have produced champions, including Richard Williams, father of Venus and Serena, Mike Agassi (Andre) and Yuri Sharapova (Maria). A year ago in Paris, Kenin signaled to the world what she was capable of, upsetting Serena Williams in the third round.

4, while the 49th-ranked Ferro was unseeded.

-  AP. “Yeah, I mean, my dad sat there. What drew attention was what the 17-time Grand Slam champion termed “very awkward déjà vu.”. Sofia said her “crazy smart” father had no prior experience of the game, but simply picked it up by observing those around him.

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“This used to be a surface that I really don’t like,” said Kenin, who wiped away tears with a towel at match’s end.

And when we just got to the country, that was very, very, very, very tough. But it’s amazing, the things you do when you need to survive.

This victory moved Djokovic into his 47th Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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