17 Facts About 17-Year-Old U.S. Open Phenom Victoria Duval

Not old enough to vote, but old enough to rock the tennis world.

1. This is Victoria Duval.

Mike Segar / Reuters

She is a Hatian-American professional tennis player.

ID: 1566240

2. When she was young, she was into ballet. When she started playing tennis her mother said she had to pick between the two. Pretty obvious she made the right choice.

Wilfredo Lee / AP
ID: 1566384

3. (She’s won $50,000 in prize money in her career already.)

TIMOTHY CLARY / Getty Images
ID: 1566389

4. Tennis idol Billie Jean King has taken Duval under her wing.


Duval spent this past summer training with King.

ID: 1566981

5. And already developed a trademark: sweet glasses.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

The glasses are by Oakley. Future sponsor? We’re just pointing out the obvious.

ID: 1566242

6. On a personal level, Duval enjoys SpongeBob SquarePants.

Michael Regan / Getty Images

She has said she feels Gary really doesn’t get enough attention.

ID: 1566388

7. She grew up in Haiti. At age 7, she was held at gunpoint in her aunt’s home.

Mike Segar / Reuters
ID: 1567682

8. Her family moved to Florida the following year, but her father frequently returned to Haiti to work as a doctor. In 2010, he was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake hit and buried under rubble for 11 hours.

Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
ID: 1566386

9. At the age of 17, she had only played one Grand Slam match before this year.

Charles Krupa / AP

She was given a wildcard into the 2012 U.S. Open but lost in the first round to Kim Clijsters.

ID: 1566241

10. Duval only made it to the quarterfinals of the 2013 National Under 18 Championship, but rallied back to win three qualifying matches for this year’s Open.

Alan Diaz / AP
ID: 1566385

11. As of August 26, 2013, she was ranked 296th in the world. But that’s about to change.

Maddie Meyer / Getty Images
ID: 1566390

12. On Tuesday, she beat 2011 U.S. Open champion and 11th-seed Samantha Stosur in a huge first-round upset.

Mike Segar / Reuters

In a very close third set, it took Duval four match points to secure a win.

ID: 1566235

13. Making a fan of Lil Wayne in the process.

Nice win Victoria Duval! Keep it up

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi)

Lil Wayne WEEZY F


Nice win Victoria Duval! Keep it up

/ Via
ID: 1567061

14. She credited her win to King’s advice.

ID: 1566760

15. So not only is she a rad, cool-to-the-max teenager, she’s now officially a tennis player to keep an eye on.

ID: 1566598

16. Perhaps best of all: Duval’s father recovered and was at her match on Tuesday. He’s the one in the white button-down.

ID: 1571559

17. She plays again tonight against Daniela Hantuchova.

ID: 1566758

CORRECTION: Victoria Duval’s father is wearing a white button-down. An earlier version of this article misidentified him. (8/30/13)

ID: 1578305

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

  Your Reaction?


    Now Buzzing