This Teen Tennis Player Is Ranked No. 1 Nationally on the Girls’ College Recruiting List

Eleana has a 53–10 record and is currently ranked No. 1 nationally on the girls’ college recruiting list.

Name: Eleana Yu
Age: 14

Photograph by Devyn Glista

Biggest role model: My brother. He inspired me to play tennis in the first place and he keeps me going to get better every day. He shows me it’s possible to be a great student and athlete at the same time.

Greatest moment: Winning national championships in California and Georgia this year. It feels amazing when all my hard work pays off.

Ultimate goal: To play Grand Slams at big stadiums.

Pre-game rituals: I do dynamic warm-ups. I listen to energetic music and bounce around until my name is called.

What’s next: I am starting to compete in some International Tennis Federation events this fall and will play some international junior competitions this December. I will play in college and eventually play on the pro circuit.

Favorite player: Daria Kasatkina. She is a 21-year-old player from Russia.

Why do you enjoy tennis? I like the competition. It’s not just physical, but also a mental challenge. It requires instant problem-solving skills on my own.

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