|Sofia Kenin Quick Info
|5 ft 7 in
|Date of Birth
|November 14, 1998
Sofia Kenin is an American professional tennis player who, by winning the Australian Open in January 2020, became the youngest American (at the age of 21) to win a Grand Slam women’s singles trophy since Serena Williams. She was a child prodigy and had reached the World No. 2 ranking in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) junior circuit after winning the Orange Bowl tennis tournament at the age of just 16 and reaching the final of the 2015 US Open girls’ singles event in 2016. She broke into the top 100 of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) rankings in 2018 and won 3 WTA singles titles and 2 doubles titles in 2019. Sofia was named the ‘WTA Most Improved Player of the Year’ in 2019 becoming the first American to be given the honor since Serena Williams in 1999.
Sofia Anna Kenin
Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida, United States
Sofia is a high school graduate and was homeschooled. She had the scholarship to attend the University of Miami but decided to bypass the opportunity after she reached the 3rd round of the 2017 US Open which encouraged her to turn professional in September of that year.
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Alexander Kenin (Tennis Coach)
- Mother – Svetlana Kenin (Former Nurse)
- Siblings – Anya Kenin (Younger Sister)
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
63 kg or 139 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Russian descent.
- Toned Physique
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
- Has a mole on her left shoulder
- Long, straight hair
Sofia has been sponsored by brands such as –
Sofia Kenin Favorite Things
- Hobbies/Interests – Watching Movies, Listening to Music, Traveling
- Tennis Player – Andy Roddick
- Tennis Tournament/Event – US Open
Source – SonyaKenin.com, Forbes, TennisViewMag.com
Sofia Kenin Facts
- She was born in Moscow and her family moved back to the United States when she was a toddler. The family had earlier lived in the erstwhile Soviet Union and had moved to New York City in 1987. However, they returned to Russia for Sofia’s birth so that family members there could help raise her in the first few months.
- She started playing tennis from the early age of 5 and was inspired by her father who used to play the sport recreationally. Her parents, realizing her talent, arranged for her to train under renowned coach Rick Macci in Florida. She trained under Rick till the age of 12.
- She performed consistently well at regional and age-group levels and reached the number one ranking in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) national rankings for each of the under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 divisions.
- Sofia represented the United States at the Junior Fed Cup and played a key part in the tournament as the team defeated Slovakia 3–0 in the final. She played 5 doubles matches in the tournament and was unbeaten throughout.
- In 2015, she triumphed at the USTA Girls 18s National Championship which earned her a wild card to the main draw of the 2015 US Open.
- 2019 was Sofia’s breakthrough year, the highlight of which was a 3rd round victory over the legendary Serena Williams in the year’s French Open.
- The same year, she defeated Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka in successive weeks which made her the first player, since Lindsay Davenport in 2001, to defeat the then World No.1 rank holders in consecutive weeks.
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