“I had a great time, the truth. I played very well, and my coach, José Manuel García, and my parents could also accompany me. I can’t complain,” explains Eugenia Menéndez, fresh from her confirmation class. Despite the fact that he has just arrived from the Basque Country, where he has swept Mutua de Guecho, he does not have time to rest. To his school tasks, since he is in the fourth year of ESO, he adds the demand for a tennis calendar that does not let him stop. Thanks to his last victory, he has managed to enter the Mutua Open in Madrid, where he will share space with great tennis players.
“It’s a luxury, I’m going to be able to be together with professional tennis players,” says the Oviedo native, although she confesses that she doesn’t get nervous about it, but rather “it makes me want and motivated for such a challenge.” “I hope I can win, it’s going to be very difficult,” says the tennis player. The best of the Spanish academy will meet on the Madrid slopes, since in this tournament the champions of the different Mutua that are held throughout the Spanish territory are measured.
Eugenia’s victory in Guecho was key to getting to play in Madrid. “In the first round the rival did not show up, which made things easier for me. The quarterfinals and semifinals were very close. But the best thing was the final, because I had a girl in front of me who used to be very difficult for me. I can’t be more happy”, says the woman from Oviedo, who already has her mind set on her next appointment. “On Sunday I am going to Valencia to play a pre-qualifier for an absolute 15,000. Due to a matter of age and level I have to play this previous tournament, and if I win I have a chance of entering, although it is not certain,” explains the tennis player, that if he manages to sneak into the absolute and win the first round he would have his first professional points.
“The last few weeks I have been feeling quite well, although this year has been quite difficult for me,” confesses Eugenia, who this season has taken a giant step forward in her career. “This year has been a year of change and it’s realizing it, I’m measuring myself against international tennis players and people who have a higher level. This change costs a little, but thanks to the coaches I’m getting it. Now I’ve had quite a few good results,” says the tennis player , motivated for their new challenges.