Jeffrey Strydom: A rising star of Australian tennis
Meet Jeffrey Strydom, a 14-year-old from South Australia and one of Australia's most promising junior talents.
Jeffrey Strydom, a 14-year-old from Adelaide, is marking his mark on Australian tennis.
He recently claimed the 14-and-under boys’ singles and doubles titles at the Australian Junior Hardcourt Championships and also enjoyed success on a European tour earlier this year.
In our series profiling Australia’s most promising junior players, Strydom speaks about why he loves the game and the goals he has set for the future …
I was born in South Africa. I started playing tennis there when I was around six years old. My parents just loved watching tennis, so I wanted to get into playing. I didn’t take it too seriously and I was playing a bunch of other sports as well. Then when I moved to Australia when I was around eight, I started taking it more seriously and training a bit more. I just love it.
I love the one-on-one battle. It’s just you and the opponent out there. It’s not a team sport and it’s just the small things that make a big difference in tennis. You’ve just always got to work hard and it’s just fun to always play.
Probably winning state championships two years in a row. I also went to Europe and won a tournament there.
I went to Austria for two weeks and then went to Germany for two weeks as well.
I learned that they just don’t miss a lot, the Europeans. They just keep making balls and it’s never over till it’s over. In the final I was pretty far down and then I came back, so it’s always good to keep fighting.
Long-term goals are to obviously become professional. And then win a few ITFs and just continue improving to become the best player that I can be.
It’s always been Rafael Nadal. I just love the way he like competes and just really gives everything out there. But right now, he’s not playing that much, so maybe Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. I like them also because the love of the game they have, and they always fight.
Probably Djokovic’s backhand. He just never misses, and it never breaks down. I feel like my forehand is probably my weapon. So, if I can have a really good backhand then I feel like I’d see big improvement.
I just like to chill with my family and my friends, just go to the beach sometimes. I also like to go to the gym.
They would probably describe me like pretty chill to hang out with. I hope they like who I am. But good to hang out with.
I try and get on top of the point as quick as I can and just dominate the point.
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