SAN JOSE, Calif. — It didn’t take lengthy for Elizabeth Mandlik to be taught her mom, four-time main champion Hana Mandlikova, what sort of a giant deal. In spite of everything, not many gamers on the Hologic WTA Tour can say they know their manner across the inside the daycare middle at Wimbledon.
“She introduced me in all places,” Mandlik instructed WTA Insider on the Mubadala Silicon Valley Traditional. “So I’d go when she would play Legends she’d take me. On the Grand Slams there was a daycare and I used to be with different youngsters and so they have been all speaking like, ‘Oh, so who’s your mother?’ I keep in mind that.”
Ranked No.240, Mandlik earned her first main-draw win Monday night time on the Mubadala Silicon Valley Traditional, defeating Alison Riske-Amritraj 6-3, 6-3 within the first spherical. The 21-year-old Floridian got here to San Jose uncertain she would even get into the qualifying occasion. Ten minutes earlier than the draw, she discovered she had acquired a qualifying wild card. A winner of three ITF 25K occasions this season, Mandlik proceeded to tally wins in opposition to Madrid semifinalist Jil Teichmann and Fernanda Contreras Gomez to earn her spot within the draw.
It has been a wild week for Mandlik. She was ranked simply contained in the Prime 500 initially of the 12 months and had by no means even hit with a Prime 100 participant till this week.
“I’ve by no means actually had a chance to play with these high-level gamers and to simply be round them,” Mandlik mentioned. “To know you could be there and be capable of really beat them, you create such a excessive perception in your self and that you just belong right here.
“The assumption was all the time there, however in fact, it is questionable as a result of I by no means even had the prospect to follow with them. Now I am really enjoying a match and beating them.”
Mandlik spoke to WTA Insider after her tour debut to make clear her path to the professionals and what it is wish to chase her mom’s shadow.
WTA Insider: How did you begin enjoying tennis?
Mandlik: I began once I was 7 or 8. My mother did not need to put me in tennis too early, to not get sick of it too quick. So I used to be put in tennis, soccer and gymnastics. My brother was as properly.
I am extra of a aggressive individual on my own. I do not need to depend on a workforce and gymnastics simply wasn’t for me. So I simply selected tennis. I am a very aggressive individual so I believe that is why, too.
WTA Insider: Was it tremendous critical immediately?
Mandlik: Probably not. It was a enjoyable factor. It was like an hour a day, 3 times every week, one thing like that. After which once I was 13 or 14 years previous, I used to be going each winter to ski. I instructed my mother I need to be an expert skier. She was eager about it as a result of she knew that I used to be good at it.
She was like, I am not going to maneuver to a chilly place for you, I am not going to do this. So then I simply went there and did that for enjoyable. But when I did not select tennis, I’d have chosen to ski. I simply liked racing.
WTA Insider: When did it turn out to be critical?
Mandlik: At 15 I knew that is all I wished to do. My twin brother, we have now a little bit bit completely different mentalities. He loves the social facet of it, so he went to school. And he type of all the time knew he wished to do this and I all the time knew that I did not need to.
So my mother was like, OK, you are going to go to school and you are going to play skilled. So she needed to deal with that. After all, she wished each of us to go.
WTA Insider: Having determined to not go the faculty route how did you chart out your path to turn out to be an expert tennis participant?
Mandlik: I by no means thought to hurry it. I simply take my time and if it occurs, it occurs. If it would not, it would not. I can all the time go to school to be a health care provider afterward or no matter I would like, what I imply? So I am not speeding it, however for me, it is paying off.
WTA Insider: When did you come to understand that your mom is a Corridor of Famer?
Mandlik: It was from a fairly younger age as a result of I solely had my mother; I haven’t got a dad. So she introduced me in all places. So I’d go when she would play Legends she’d take me. Then typically she would not take me and I’d be crying for the entire week. So I’d say round 10, that is once I observed.
On the Grand Slams there was a daycare and I used to be with different youngsters and so they have been all speaking like, Oh, so who’s your mother? I keep in mind that.
WTA Insider: How has having your mother’s expertise helped you in pursuing your profession?
Mandlik: It is helped me loads. There’s disadvantages and benefits, however what helps me is that I do know that she is aware of how onerous it’s. She helps me simply elevate myself up. She’s all the time constructive it doesn’t matter what as a result of she is aware of I am making an attempt my greatest. She is aware of every thing within the courtroom and off the courtroom so it’s totally straightforward to love discuss to her about it.
And if I say, like, I do not need to follow, she’ll say do not follow. She already constructed that in me that I understand how a lot to push myself. So she would not need to push me any extra as a result of I have already got it so excessive, ?
WTA Insider: Has she ever tried to speak you out of it?
Mandlik: sure It occurs on a regular basis. Like right here, I performed a match earlier than this match and I bought to the semis. Then I flew proper again and my coach was like, ‘Let’s go to San Jose.’ And my mother’s like, ‘It’s worthwhile to relaxation. You are solely right here for a day, I do not suppose it is a good suggestion.’
And my coach is like, ‘No, I really feel it. I believe she must go and simply strive.’ Even when we do not get in, it is tremendous. And my mother’s like, ‘No, I believe she ought to relaxation.’ After which my coach like, ‘Please give me the chance.’ So it was loopy the way it labored out.
WTA Insider: I assume you have spoken to her because you gained final night time.
Mandlik: She was so glad. I listened to a video and he or she was like, ‘I can not imagine this.’ I used to be like, ‘Effectively, you higher imagine it.’
WTA Insider: When did you discover out you have been going to get a wild card into qualifying right here?
Mandlik: It is a comic story. So we got here right here and I used to be an alternate. I used to be seven or eight out and we have been simply hoping to get in. We have been simply ready and the supervisor mentioned you are going to be like two out.
A woman I do know, she had a wild card, and he or she instructed me that she’s not coming. So I instructed my coach, go and push for the wild card, perhaps I’ve a shot. So it was like 10 minutes earlier than the draw that I knew.
WTA Insider: What has been the largest problem you have confronted in your profession thus far?
Mandlik: Overcoming the losses. You have got these three or 4 weeks the place you simply persistently lose, however the one purpose you are dropping is since you’re bettering one thing. You are enjoying so properly on the follow courtroom however you’ll be able to’t transition into the match but. In order that’s the toughest half is simply to remain constructive in these moments.
WTA Insider: Off the courtroom, how would you describe your self?
Mandlik: I’d say I’ve a really small circle. I am not an extrovert, I am an introvert for certain. I am very straightforward to get together with. I haven’t got that many mates, I attempt to keep to myself. That is the way in which I prefer it.
I really like hanging out with my brother and doing issues with him. He play tennis at Oklahoma College. When he graduates he will go professional too.
WTA Insider: Are you a giant tennis head?
Mandlik: Yeah, I watch tennis on a regular basis. Anytime there is a TV, I’ll verify if Tennis Channel’s on after which I will go away it on, even when it is within the background I have to have it on.
For instance, I watch tennis at house on a regular basis in the lounge and my mother’s like Eli, flip it off. I do not need to hear it anymore. She grew up with tennis after which she has two youngsters doing tennis. She’s like I do not need to hear the ball! A minimum of from the voice off (laughs).
WTA Insider: How would you describe your sport type?
Mandlik: Aggressive kind of participant who persistently retains combating. I attempt to transfer in as a lot as I can and take the ball early and all the time simply attempt to step in and make the woman really feel rushed.
I really feel like I’ve gotten to that time to play like that within the final 12 months. That is what’s actually catapulted me to do properly. I actually push myself to do this as a result of I am not that tall. I am quick, however I am not huge, so I’ve to do one thing a little bit bit further, ? So yeah, taking time away from the opponent.
WTA Insider: You talked about that you just had by no means hit a Prime 100 participant earlier than this week. Are there gamers on tour proper now that you just’re champion on the bit to get to play?
Mandlik: So once I came upon that my rating was OK to play in qualifying on the US Open my brother was like, ‘Oh, perhaps you would get a wild card for principal.’ He was like, ‘Would you reasonably play on an out of doors courtroom some qualifier, or would you reasonably play Iga Swiatek?’
I used to be like, ‘Are you kidding? What sort of query was that?’ He mentioned would reasonably play a qualifier. I’d reasonably play Iga Swiatek on Middle Court docket.
So I’d say Iga.
WTA Insider: That is clearly your first WTA match. Trying forward, what tournaments are you most wanting ahead to enjoying in the primary draw?
Mandlik: US Open for certain. I’d say Wimbledon a bit extra, but in addition US Open. I’d say Wimbledon as a result of my mother by no means gained Wimbledon and that is my objective. I need to win Wimbledon. No person can say ‘Oh, her mother gained it.’ And I am like, no, not this time. It is solely me (laughs).
WTA Insider: What’s the perfect tennis recommendation your mother has given you?
Mandlik: Powerful moments do not final, however powerful folks do.