PORTRAIT – Discover a seed of Russian champion, hatched at the Mouratoglou Academy near Nice and great attraction of the Petits As, the unofficial world tennis championship for children under 14 years old.
Special envoy to Biot
On this sunny December on one of the 34 courts of the Mouratoglou Academy, located in Biot, near Nice, Ksenia, 12, hits every ball as if her life depended on it. She has no complex with a 15-year-old boy, also trained in the academy where the prodigy lives year-round. “Good to train against them for tournaments, blows us the phenomenon. This allows me to develop a very aggressive tennis“. And the little blonde of 1 meter 50, the mischievous eye, is not afraid to let us go: “I want to be a legend and world number 1 at 16“. Just that! “Everything is extreme with her. But the high level is excess., says Patrick Mouratoglou, who oversees the project.
Serena Williams’ coach does not want to curb the ambitions of the nugget: “There is an exceptional energy and determination that emanates from her person. She has very high ambitions, that doesn’t shock me because she puts her goals into practice…