A 12 year old prodigy Australian with Chinese roots



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A 12 year old prodigy Australian with Chinese roots

Born to Lucy, a professional tennis player in her native China and Michael, who met Luch while playing tennis, Jeremy Jin is the next tennis prodigy from Australia. The 12-year-old from the Sydney suburb of Kogarah has been selected to represent Australia at a junior tournament in Paris, to be played during the French Open in early June.

“I’m pretty excited but also a bit nervous. To be able to represent Australia on the international stage is a great opportunity.”Jin, excitedly says. "Yeah I'd love to win it," he said. "I know it is going to be tough to win but I'd love to do well and have a few good results." Jin who adulates the Japanese Ninja, Kei Nishikori furthur adds,"I do wish to become a pro like him.

He's been so close to winning Grand Slams. It would be fun." Coached by Simon Ede, Jin started playing tennis at the age of four after being introduced to the sport by parents Michael and Lucy. He has since progressed to the No.2 national ranking in his age group and, while most proficient on hardcourt, hopes his game adapts on red clay.

Before packing his bags for Paris, Jeremy had a training session with former professional Wally Masur, who said he was impressed by what he saw.​ “For somebody of his age, he has a really good head on his shoulders, which is a real bonus” Masur said.​ The rise of Asian players on the circuit looks assured, with former Australia Davis Cup captain Wally Masur convinced China will one day dominate the sport.

"It's coming, it will come because it's an Olympic sport and they're throwing a lot of resources at it" he said. Jeremy could one day face a choice whether to represent the nation of his birth or his parents' homeland.​ However, Jeremy has bigger challenges ahead and his parents and coach would want him to focus on them.