It takes something special to catch
the eye of the talent scouts from IMG.
These men are hard-nosed veterans of
assessing the myriad of young tennis hopefuls who flood through the doors of
academies every year but 15 year old Croatian Donna Vekic has been on their radar
for quite some time.
There’s a growing excitement among
Croatian fans about the future prospects of the teenager from Osijek, a former
war-stricken town in the centre of the country’s Eastern region called
Croatian fans have become accustomed
to the exploits of their heroes of the men’s circuit, the likes of Ivanisevic,
Ancic and Ljubicic who have all mixed it with the world’s best but it’s been a
while since they’ve had anything to shout about on the WTA Tour.
Vekic was just 1 year old when Iva
Majoli beat Martina Hingis to win the 1997 French Open, one of the biggest
Grand Slam final upsets of the decade and the last time a Croatian woman won a
However if she continues her rapid
progress, she could be well placed to emulate the feats of Majoli in a few
years. Already ranked 392 after barely a year on the professional tour, IMG
have secured her the services of David Felgate, a man who made his name as Tim
Henman’s coach. Having coached some of the sport’s biggest names, Felgate
wouldn’t be wasting his time traveling to places like Bangalore and Lagos
unless he thought he had serious potential on his hands.
remember the name, you could be hearing plenty more of her in the future.