He is already Australia’s best player for his age group. Now Jeremy Jin is ready to take on the world.
The 12-year-old will play in one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in the world, the Longines Future Tennis Aces, at Roland Garros starting at the end of the month.
Jeremy, from Kogarah, will take to the same famous court as the stars of the French Open like nine-time champion Rafael Nadal, defending women’s champion Garbiñe Muguruza and his own hero, Japanese star Kei Nishikori.
The tournament, now in its eighth year, sees the best under-12s players from 20 countries invited to compete alongside the second grand slam of the season.
Jeremy told the Leader he couldn’t wait to get started.
“It’s going to be good. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“I was training one day and we suddenly got the news. I was pretty happy to be chosen to represent Australia. It felt good.
“It’s going to be a good experience playing overseas for the first time and on those courts. Win or loss, we’ll do some good training there [as well].”
Jeremy will train in Mallorca, Spain for a week in the lead up to gain some essential clay court practice before hitting the red dirt in France.
The prodigy, who trains up to 18 hours a week, plans on increasing his workload as he chases his dream of becoming a professional on the circuit.
Jeremy, Australia’s number one-ranked under-12s player, became state and national champions last year.
He took out the under-12s boys’ championship at the Bruce Cup, School Sport Australia’s national tennis tournament, in Albury to be crowned national champion in October.
Jeremy also helped his NSW side finish third in the team event, with Jeremy remaining unbeaten in both singles and teams matches at the tournament.
That followed his double triumph at the NSW state junior championships earlier in the month.