Emily Gotkiewicz watches tennis, play tennis and even helps teach tennis on a daily basis. She’s described as responsible, dependable, reliable and independent. She strings racquets at her local club.
“She is not the typical 14-year-old,” says mother Dawn.
That’s for sure.
Gotkiewicz, a junior player from the Pittsburgh suburb Canonsburg, Pa., recently traveled to the US Open as part of her prize for winning the the 2014 #TeamMiddleStates social media contest. She traveled from Pittsburgh with friend Maddy Hart, who she also trains with on the tennis court.
The experience was exciting for Gotkiewicz for a number of reasons. Check out what made the trip special, and what she’s up to as a young player, below.
Getting to know: Emily Gotkiewicz
Began playing tennis: Age 9
Lives and trains: I live in Canonsburg Pa. I train in Wexford at Pennsylvania Tennis Academy with Kelly Sorbo as my main coach.
What you love most about tennis: I love competing because the pressure helps me develop my game. I love that tennis is a mental game as well as a physical game.
On her first US Open trip: It was phenomenal! I was able to see several of the top players that I look up to. Best of all, I was able to travel on my own and be responsible for myself. I cannot wait to go again!
Goals as a player in the next year: I plan to work hard as I age out of girls’ 14s and start working towards girls’ 16s tournaments. I hope to attend as many national tournaments as I can because they really help me learn how to better my game.