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Before they were tennis stars: ATP and WTA players as kids

Aug 11, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
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They may be international tennis stars, but these WTA and ATP players haven’t forgotten where they came from. We combed Instagram for some sweet throwback photos…. Here are our fav pics of some of the world’s top tennis players as kids.

Elina Svitolina

Even back then she had her head in the game.

Novak Djokovic

Was he born with a racket in his hand?

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The early days! #tbt

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Eugenie Bouchard

This photo of toothless Genie and her dad seriously pulls the heartstrings.

Karolina Pliskova

That’s a lot of future titles in one crib.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

Apparently, even little Stefanos was all about determination.


We find this picture of little Tsitsipas just oh tso cute.

Frances Tiafoe

Maybe all that protein is the secret behind Frances’ powerful forehand.

Peter Polansky

Pete may be in charge on the tennis court, but we’re thinking Big Sis has the upper hand at home.

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Happy National Sibling Day.

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Denis Shapovalov

Shapo’s gratitude for his big brother just gives us all the feels.

Dominic Thiem

Don’t mess with Team Thiem.

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Some things never change…

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Madison Keys

Keys has said that Venus Williams’ outfits inspired her to play tennis. Clearly she’s always been a fashionista.