Skylar Morton Has Beaten Roger Federer
Will Play in Mid-Atlantic US Open Qualifying
By Kelyn Soong and Tammy Reeher
Beating Roger Federer. No problem.
At Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Skylar Morton hit more forehand targets than the No. 1 player in the world to become the Target Champion.
She is looking to be named champion again when she competes in the Mid-Atlantic National US Open Playoff Sectional Qualifying tournament May 17 at the Tennis Center at College Park.
Morton, who trains at TCCP’s Junior Tennis Champions Center, will look to continue her dominant form for a chance to play in the US Open.
The Easter Bowl Doubles Champion just placed third in the Clay Court Super Nationals 16s.
“I’m excited about [the US Open Playoffs],” said Morton, who lives in Bethesda, MD. “I’m really excited about playing on my home court. And I expect to win and will try my best to qualify.”
Morton, who had just returned from the Grade 4 International Tennis Federation/USTA tournament in Naples, Florida, admits that adjusting to playing tennis exclusively was tough at first.
“The school days are longer and more rigorous,” explained Morton. “There is much less of a social life, and there are always tournaments. But it will be worth it for the long run.”
Reflecting on being the Target Champion at the US Open, Morton expressed, “It was really fun. I couldn’t stop smiling and it was such a great experience.”
When asked about her Easter Bowl experience, Morton replied, “It was a really big win. I had tough matches but I had fun on the court.”
Besides being successful in tennis, she has been successful in four other sports.
At the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Skylar not only excelled on the field hockey team (She was named MVP three years ago.), but also played basketball, lacrosse, and soccer.
While Morton only recently devoted herself exclusively to tennis, it has been a part of her life from a very young age. She started at age five by taking a six-week tennis class offered through the Montgomery County Parks and Recreation program. The following Spring she took another six week class at the YMCA in Bethesda, where she realized she loved the game.
She started playing year-round as a 6-year-old at the Tennis Center at College Park (TCCP) after becoming one of the few students chosen to be a part of the Champions Center program for kids' age 11 and under but soon left at the age of nine to play for facilities in the DC/Maryland area, including the non-profit park leagues in Washington, DC's Southeast Tennis and Learning Center and the William Fitzgerald Tennis Center (home of Legg Mason), Rozzell Lightfoot's non-profit One-Ace-One tennis program and Sabine Guibal Britt's Bethesda Tennis Academy. These local programs were essential to her budding tennis skills. Upon reaching high school, Morton rejoined TCCP.
And despite the busy days, Morton is enjoying herself on the tennis court. She expects big things to come her way.
“My goal is to go pro in two years,” said Morton. “And I feel close to reaching this goal.”
That goal might become a reality. Who would have thought that she could beat Roger Federer? But that became a reality.
To see her Target Champion pictures, click here.
To see her Easter Bowl Doubles Champion pictures, click here.
Besides the Mid-Atlantic area, female players are coming from New York, Colorado, Pennslvania, Texas, New Jersey, and Nevada.
To see the US Open Qualifying women's draw, click here.
Besides the Mid-Atlantic area, male players are coming from Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan.
To see the US Open Qualifying men's draw-part 1, click here.
To see the US Open Qualifying men's draw-part 2, click here.