Zach Svajda

March 4, 2021

“At age 15, I won a wild card tournament and earned a spot in a futures event. I drew the number one seed in the first round. I did not know what to expect and just wanted to see what would happen. I won in straight sets and got my first ATP point. This moment changed everything and my coach saw I could hang with highly ranked professional players. This match was a big step forward and gave me confidence. I never thought about going to college because I always wanted to play on tour. In 2018, I started thinking about turning professional. The next year, I won the USTA Boys National Tournament and earned a wild card into the 2019 US Open. I did not know what to expect and just wanted to win a few games for myself and the crowd. I thought, “Hopefully, I don’t get destroyed.” I went up two sets to love in the first round. The atmosphere was amazing. I thought, “Wow, I can hang with these guys.” Then I cramped. I was not physically present in the third set but I finished the match and lost in five sets. I told myself this

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