Meet Michelle Larcher de Brito. She is a Portuguese Tennis Player. Read Michelle Larcher de Brito’s biography and see video after the jump.
Portuguese Tennis Player, Michelle Larcher de Brito, is only sixteen years old and managed to make it to the French Open. Instead of grabbing attention fo her age Michelle ended up the center of attention for her groaning and grunting. The noise reportedly bothered her opponent, Aravane Rezai, so much she made a complaint to the chair umpire. Here’s what Michelle Larcher de Brito had to say about the incident:
“You know, when she was winning, she never complained. Only when I started to get my game going, I started winning games, then all of a sudden, you know, my noise is a nuisance. … I mean, I could (stop grunting), but, you know, it won’t feel natural, because it feels like something is missing in my game if I just stop.”
For more on Michelle Larcher de Brito read her biography below.
As a biography Michelle Larcher de Brito was born on January 23, 1993 in Lisbon. Larcher de Brito attended the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida after her family moved to the US when she was nine years old.
Michelle began playing tennis at the age of three after her father, currently her coach, introduced her to the sport. In 2007 she made her debut into the International Tennis Federation. Competing at the WTA tour in Miami Larcher de Brito won a singles main draw match against Meghann Shaughnessy at the age of fourteen. Too young to compete at the senior tournaments she began playing for the Sacramento Capitals in the World Team Tennis.
In 2008 Michelle Sony Ericcson Open in Miami where she beat World No. 16 Agnieszka Radwańska before being defeated by World No. 15 Shahar Pe’er. Larcher de Brito went on to become the highest ranked Portuguese women’s player in history after beating world number 34 Gisela Dulko and for her successful performance at the Bank of the West Classic tournament.
She has since competed at the Roger’s Cup and the the Tashkent Open moving up to number 131 in the world. In 2009 Michelle “qualified for her first Grand Slam tournament main draw at the French Open.”