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The name ‘Naomi Osaka’ might come off strange to most people ahead of the major in New York.

However, the teenage star has reached the third round in all four Grand Slam events. The 19-year old has been a major force in the ‘dreamer’s category’ for over two years now.

Born in Japan but bred in America, her mother in Japanese but her father is Haitian. She has dual citizenship but chose to represent Japan. Her father Leonard Francois chose the Japanese Tennis Association ahead of the United States Tennis Association as she grew into a major athletic force in the game. She claimed there was no American competition fears as she identified with the Asian side.

The rising WTA star shocked defending US Open champs Angelique Kerber as they met in the first round. She did not just upset expectations, she dominated Kerber, beating her in straight sets: 6-3, 6-1. Read more »


The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has announced the election of two prominent women in international tennis into PTR Board of Directors.

The both women who have been elected to serve three year terms are Lucy Garvin and Mary Pierce.

The duo will be bringing a lot of expertise and experience needed for the PTR to grow internationally. At the USTA, USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern, Lucy Garvin has serves as a past president.

From 2009-10, one of her major achievements which stands out amongst the others was the establishment of the Strategic Vision Committee. The committee was tasked with developing a long range plan for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, as well as a roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium. Read more »


Retired French-American tennis player Mary Pierce has expressed her admiration of the WTA stars who continue to stretch their careers longer and longer, most notably including Venus and Serena Williams.

For Mary Pierce, in women’s tennis, age is only a number.

Although she isn’t planning a comeback of her own, the former world No. 3 and two-time Grand Slam winner, who turned 40 earlier this year, appreciates the courage of women who have kept up with the game.

“To me, age doesn’t matter at all,” Pierce told in an exclusive interview at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

“If you’re happy with the level that you’re competing at, then go for it. As long as you’re healthy and as long as you’re loving it and hungry and want to work hard and fight, then keep doing it,” she said.

Pierce, started an early carrier, having made her first appearance at the WTA tournament at the age of 14 and having an early taste of victory, as she won her first singles trophy at 16 in 1991, she has applauded the performance of older players in the game. Admitting that the WTA’s age eligibility clause limits the number of tournament players can compete in before the age of 18. Read more »

Mary Pierce vs Nicole Pratt Australian Open 2006

Pierce Video Rating: 4 / five[/random]

Gabriela Sabatini vs Mary Pierce 1993 Australian Open Highlights

Pierce Video Rating: 5 / 5[/random]

Mary Pierce vs Lisa Raymond US Open 2000

Pierce Video Score: 5 / 5[/random]