Mariana Drazic

December 25, 2019

December 25, 2019 “I started to play tennis when I was 8 years old in my hometown of Brela, a small city in the Croatian coast. It only took about half a year before I was winning national tournaments. I remember in 2011 when I qualified and got to the semifinals of my first futures tournament and I was invited to play junior Fed Cup. In the summer of that year was when my biggest support passed away, my grandfather. I was absolutely devastated and was truly tough to get through this time. My grandfather was the person to take me to my first ever tennis lesson. While I played in Croatia he was the one taking me many tournaments. I remember being completely shocked when I picked up the phone during a practice and got the news thats he had passed away. I was mentally out of it for so long and for six months I didn’t play a single tournament. As much as I can I try to make him as proud as possible since that day. I always said that I will get to Wimbledon for him, because that is what we used to talk about. It

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