Milan Krish is 12 years old – in yr 7 – at Meriden School. Milan lives locally, with her mum Julie, her dad Raj and her little brother Kiran. Now ranked in the top 15 for her age in Australia, Milan’s passion is tennis.
When did you first realise you loved tennis?¬†Since I first started playing at about 3 years old. ¬†I can‚Äôt remember not playing tennis ‚Äì it‚Äôs been such a big part of my life for the last 10 years. Mum doesn’t let me play as many tournaments as I might, because of school and getting tired. But I’m still doing what I love!
Who helped you understand tennis?¬†There are so many people who have helped me with tennis. Mum and dad especially, as they introduced me to tennis. My coaches – Adam Feeney and Ryan Henry from Voyager Tennis (both former professionals), the coaches who run the squads I attend at my school ‚Äì Meriden¬†Tennis Academy and at Sydney Olympic Park ‚Äì run by Tennis Australia.
I have also been influenced by my idols Serena Williams and Rafa Nadal. I recently spent a week training with my 10 year old brother at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy in Mallorca, Spain. It was an amazing experience to train alongside Rafa who is so passionate and dedicated to the sport. I met other kids from around the world who are just as passionate about tennis as I am and I was able to play with some 18 year old girls who have just started their professional careers. I held my own and the coaches at the Academy said I had real potential and that my coaches ‚Äì particularly Adam and Ryan have trained me well. I realise it‚Äôs going to be a long hard road in order for me to reach my goal of one day becoming a professional tennis player, but if I continue my hard work and dedication, I am confident that I can achieve my dream.
What’ so hard about tennis?
Carlos Costa, Rafa‚Äôs manager said: “The childhood of a youngster that dreams of becoming a professional tennis player is different to that of most other children, as that very dream requires extraordinary levels of effort and discipline from an early age.” That‚Äôs so true ‚Äì it‚Äôs really hard for me to juggle my 12 hrs a week training schedule, tournament schedule AND my school work ‚Äì I like to get good grades! I also love piano, sax and guitar. Then of course I like to see my friends. My training schedule has to be managed all the time, depending on the mix of on-court training, fitness training, and strength and conditioning, to make sure I stay as injury free as I can.
I can have really long days¬†like this coming Wednesday… I have a before school tennis lesson, school all day,¬†then Meriden tennis training – and finally my sax lesson at home! Fridays are big too, I start at 6:45am and finish at Next Generation at 6.30pm. ¬†This weekend I¬†have a tournament in Newcastle, plus I have yearly exams soon. There’s my grade 6 sax exam in November and my¬†piano exam early next year. I love playing Justin Bieber on sax and piano best!! Doing Aust Music Exams¬†means I can play music I like on my sax and piano, anytime I like.¬†I like it so much, I might try and be¬†a pop star, once I finish my tennis career!
Your best tennis moment?¬† I have a few best moments to tell … one of the first was when I was at Hunters Hill Public, I represented Syd North Region in PSSA Tennis. That was when I was 10. Then I won¬†the 12/U doubles NSW Championships and made it to the 12/U Nationals last year. It was so awesome – as the Nationals were held at the Australian Open venue, in Melbourne Park – where so many of my tennis idols have played! Also, I made it to the quarter finals of an 18/U event, where of course the girls are much bigger and stronger than me, so I was pretty happy with that. Just this weekend I had to play 4 matches and luckily I qualified in the top 4, for NSW U14 Australian Championships. I have to go down to Melbourne Park in December, just before the Australian Open to compete. I’m really excited about that! So is my mum, dad and Kiran.
Where do you imagine your tennis will take you? I wanna help others, have what I have had.¬†I love the way both my idols, Rafa Nadal and Serena Williams have set up schools¬†to help kids around the world get an education and a sporting chance. Nadal has set up a school in India and Williams has set up a school in Africa for kids who are less fortunate. I’d like to be successful enough in tennis to create chances¬†for other kids, too.
I dream of winning at least 2 grand slams ‚Äì Wimbledon and the Aussie Open, of representing Australia in tennis at the Olympic Games. And as I’ve said, I want to use my success to help kids who haven‚Äôt been as fortunate as I have been.
They are some fabulously BIG dreams, Milan! From Wimbledon tennis champ to pop star – you fit our #youngdreamer definition to a tee… We wish you strength and good fortune and¬†we will enjoy following your journey.
Thanks for talking to us, Milan. We have loved hearing how you are closing in on your dreams, through #passion and smarts.
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