Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Residence: Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academy
Sponsors: Wilson Tennis, Ace Authentic, Red Chapter, Bolle, Mana Games, Ray of Hope Foundation and SMG.
Alexus Jones by tkaenPix
One of these days, you might see junior tennis player Alexus “Ace” Jones competing in a grand slam final! With her fierce determination, serious work ethic and a little help from the likes of Vic Braden, Nick Bollettieri, Rick Macci, Richard Williams and Martina Navratilova, it is a distinct possibility. Alexus started early to develop a solid foundation for a future tennis pro!
The Way to Success...
18 months – Her father (a master of the martial arts) begin training Alexus in this discipline to build balance.
Age 4 – Alexus began working with Vic Braden (former coach of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Tracy Austin).
Age 6 – Alexus had the “fastest serve recorded for a 6 year old at 70 mph” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She began training at Bollettieri Academy and spent some time working with Richard Williams – father of Venus and Serena - and then trained with Rick Macci (former coach of the Williams sisters).
Age 8 – After four years of training 6 hours per day, 6 days per week, Alexus entered her first USTA 10 and under tournament and won. After winning 40 games in a row, she moved up to the 14 and under age division. In this group, Alexus quickly reached the top 500 in the nation. She advanced to the 16 and under age group where she won the back draw in her first tournament. At age 8, Alexus was the youngest player in the U.S. to have a ranking in the 16 and under division.
Age 9 – Alexus moved up to be the youngest player in the U. S. in the 18 and under age division and won her first tournament. She made it to a ranking of 521 and then took a year off from tournaments to train. After working with Martina Navratilova, Alexus re-engaged in tournament play and won her first tournament with a double bagel in the final after a mere 50 minutes! The famous Queens Club coach, Max Hastings, has said Alexus is a “future Wimbledon Champion.” In fact, he has featured a section on his website dedicated to her development.
As of June, 2011, at the tender age of 14, Alexus is ranked in the top 40 for the USTA Women’s Open Division in the state of Florida.
Fun Fact: Alexus Jones is the youngest tennis player in history to have her own rookie card with a major trading card company – released in June of 2010.