Madison Keys is a Tennis Teen Phenom

July 16, 2009

Meet Madison Keys, a teenager from Florida who is making quite a name for herself in the tennis world at the ripe old age of fourteen. Photos, video and a biography of Madison Keys is below.

Madison Keys

Madison Keys

Madison Keys is in the news today, as the 14-year-old tennis phenom, who trains at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, beat out Wimbledon champion Serena Williams Monday during a WTT singles match.

Keys, who was playing for the Philadelphia Freedoms, beat Serena Williams, who was playing for the Washington Kastles, 5-1. The Philadelphia Freedoms lost to Washington Kastles 19-18.

At just 14 years of age, she became the youngest player to play in World Team Tennis. The World Team Tennis matches are really no more than exhibition play, but with Madison Keys beating Serena Williams, one would take notice of this 14-year-old phenom for sure. Read more about Madison below.

Madison Keys Biography

As a biography, Madison Keys was born on February 17, 1995 so her age is 14. She grew up in Milan, Illinois.

Madison first got her start in the tennis world when she was just 4 years old. She explains:

“I actually got into tennis because of Venus and Serena (Williams). I was watching Wimbledon one year and Venus was playing and I really liked how she was playing but I also liked her outfit.

I told my dad I wanted a dress like Venus and he said ‘only if you play tennis.’ So, I went to Walgreen’s, got a racket and started playing.”

So it started from there, and when she was nine years old, she and her family moved to Florida so Madison could train at the Evert Academy. She routinely plays points with Chris Evert and Evert’s brother, John Evert, helps her with her stroke.

She made her professional debut in March at the $25,000 Challenger in Fort Walton Beach and lost to Ekaterina Bychkova in three sets. Her WTA tour debut saw Madison beat Alla Kudryavtseva at the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida last April.

Watch out, we’ll be hearing much more of this 14-year-old tennis phenom in the coming years!

See a picture and video of Madison Keys below.

Madison Keys
Madison Keys Photo
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Madison Keys Video
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