Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Tennis

Kansas based kid Katie Swan insists she is a true Brit at Wimbledon

By Staff Reporter

Katie Swan vowed she will "always be British" after the American-accented teenager powered through to the Wimbledon girls' quarter-finals.

Sixteen-year-old Swan moved to Kansas with her family two and a-half years ago when her oil-industry executive father, Richard, relocated for his work.

She has rapidly assumed an American inflection, but Swan, born in Bristol, insisted she would never look to switch nationality after a classy 7-6 (7/1) 6-2 third-round win over Sofia Kenin.

Kenin was born in Moscow but moved to America as a youngster, now representing the Stars and Stripes, and although she led by a break towards the end of the first set against Swan, the home player turned the match around.

The Court 18 crowd savoured a British win, with Australian Open junior runner-up Swan nudging closer to another grand slam final.

She said of her change of location: "I love living in Bristol and I love living in America.

"I guess out there the weather is much better, for a start, and it's a really good environment for my family.

"My brother is really enjoying his school and sports out there, I have a really good tennis programme, and my parents are really enjoying it.

"I think we're settled for now but I'm not sure what we're going to do in the future. Definitely, of course, I'll always be British."

Swan has benefited from training alongside Laura Robson and Heather Watson in recent weeks.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph