INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis local Brooke Austin is one of tennis’ up and coming stars.
At age 17, she’s travelled all over the world, won a round at US Open qualifying and just recently signed with the University of Florida, the second ranked collegiate team in the country.
“I like the individual aspect,” Austin said. “I like how it’s really competitive, and you have to find a way to win. It’s really a game.”
“We’d go to tournaments, and we’d always be younger than everybody. She’d be 8, and she’d be beating the 12-year-olds. When she was 10, she was beating the 16-year-olds,” her dad, Bart said.
And she’s already beaten one of the sports’ most notorious stars: John McEnroe.
“I played for Billy Jean King’s team against John McEnroe in mixed doubles, and I won so it was really cool. That was really awesome,” Austin said.
That was this summer when Brooke got a last minute call to fill in during a World Team Tennis tournament.
“She had to be on a plane within an hour and a half,” Brooke’s coach, Jeff Smith said. “It was a match she played very, very well. He got very, very upset, and Brooke and her partner won, and if it was a USTA sanction, he would’ve been coded many times.”