"I love tennis and I have a passion for the game."
Sofia Anna Kenin is 18 years old. Sofia or 'Sonya', what people who are close to her call her, is your typical teenager who loves movies, friends, music, i-Phone, playing with her sister and friends. Sonya, unlike most people, found her passion early in life, at age 5, when she first picked up her father’s tennis racket and started hitting tennis balls.
Watching Sonya’s amazing progress on the court with a local tennis coach, her parents could see her unique potential and remarkable abilities. They decided she would benefit from advanced training. Rick Macci, known for developing young tennis players in Broward County, started working with Sonya and was instrumental in recognizing her enormous talent, extraordinary hand/eye coordination, amazing concentration, form and foot work. Under Macci, Sonya began a more serious tennis training program several times a week. She appeared with Rick Macci in several United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) training videos designed to help tennis professionals teach younger players. Over the years, Sonya has taken lessons from other legendary coaches like Nick Bolletierri and Richard Lansdorp.
Sonya started playing United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments, Girls' 10 Singles, when she was seven, and in less than a year and a half she achieved a number one ranking in the State of Florida in the G10 Division. During that time she was able to focus on both her tennis and her school work while maintaining an 'A' average.
Her outstanding talent and hard work at an early age gave her the opportunity to hit and interact with great champions such as Kim Clijsters, Anna Kournikova, John McEnroe, Venus Williams and Jim Courier. Articles about Sonya’s tennis success and pictures have appeared on the pages of many US and European (Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom) tennis newspapers and magazines. She has appeared in various charity events with John McEnroe, Anna Kornikova, Jim Courier and on several TV programs.
Sonya won the prestigious 'Little Mo' National Girls' 10 tournament in Austin, Texas; has been ranked number 1 in the Girls' 10 in the State of Florida; has been ranked number 1 in the Girls' 12 in the state of Florida; achieved Number 1 ranking in the USTA National Girls' 12, Girls' 14, Girls' 16 and Girls' 18. She has won multiple Super National Junior Tournaments and excelled in International Tournaments.
Recently, Sonya represented Team USA in tennis at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics held August 2014 in Nanjing, China. She was a member of the USA Tennis Fed Cup Team and played doubles when they won the 2014 Junior Davis/Fed Cup Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 23-28 September 2014. Sonya won the 2014 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, a prestigious junior tennis tournament 'the Fifth Junior Grand Slam', held at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation, Florida USA, December 8-14, 2014.
Sonya won the International Spring Championship Tournament, Grade 1 G18 ITF Event in Carson, CA, USA 30 March-05 April 2015. She won the USTA National Championships - Girls' 18 (Level 1) held August 1-9, 2015 in San Diego, CA, USA and received the accompanying main draw wildcard for the 2015 US OPEN Women's Championship at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, NY, USA.
Sonya is currently ranked 1 in the USTA National Girls' 18; 3 in the world ITF (International Tennis Federation) Juniors; 661 in the WTA.