September 29, 2022

Olivia Lincer grew up playing tennis in Windsor at her parents’ tennis academy. She began playing in the USTA’s 18-and-under age group when she was 13 years old. At 16, she was the No. 1 ranked player in the country. Now 17, she has just completed her run in the junior division at Wimbledon, the biggest tennis tournament of her career.

“This [has] been something I looked forward to my whole career,” Lincer said from England on Tuesday. “It’s amazing to be in the same environment as the professional tennis players I’ve watched since I was growing up.

“I think I was able to improve my game a bit for this tournament, but I think I find this tournament so important, I’ve been very focused.”

On Saturday, Lincer won her girls’ first round match by beating Japan’s Sara Saito 6-3, 6-4. On Monday, she won her second-round match against Johanne Svendsen of Denmark 7-6(0), 6-5 to advance to the knockout stages. Her singles trip ended on Wednesday, losing to Canada’s No. 5 seed Victoria Mboko 6-0, 6-7(8), 6-4.

Lincer won her first women’s doubles match with partner Renata Jamrichova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1 over Sofia Johnson and Daniela Plani of Great Britain on Tuesday, but lost in the second round on Wednesday, 4-6, 6-3 , 10-4, to the No. 1 double-seeded team of Nikola Bartunkova of the Czech Republic and Celine Naef of Switzerland.

Lincer holds dual American and Polish citizenship and plays for Poland, his father’s native country. Her father, Magic Lincer, is also her trainer. He owns the Magic Lincer Tennis Academy in Windsor and the Magic Lincer Tennis Club in Manchester. Her mother Karina, who runs the academies, and sister Karolina, who is 14, also traveled to England to watch Olivia perform.

“It was super exciting,” Karina said Tuesday. “I had to go home on Monday to take care of business. I was so excited and emotional about it. She has worked so hard and is really dedicated. It’s all about tennis for her. Seeing it all come true, everything she worked so hard for, was amazing. I’m so glad we can all be together for this.

“It was probably the most special time for us as a family.”

Olivia started playing tennis when she was 2 years old. His parents opened their first academy in Windsor when he was 6 years old.

“Magic was a tennis pro when we met,” Karina said. “We met on Thanksgiving. We were introduced by family. We got married seven months later. We’ve been married for 18 years.

“When the Windsor club went up for sale, we just built the business from there. The children, he made them play tennis as soon as they knew how to hold a racket. Olivia was 3½ when Karolina was born, so it was a special time with dad for her. His love for tennis started right away.

Olivia grew up at the tennis club and was home schooled. When she became No. 1 in the USTA rankings, she started competing in International Tennis Federation junior tournaments around the world and is now going to school online. She has committed to play at UCF in the fall of 2023.

“At a young age, she was doing well in tournaments,” Karina said. “Magic decided when she was 13, he put her in 18 sections. Everyone was shocked. She started to see that she could do it. By the age of 13, she was winning tournaments in 18 years old.

Lincer, who is currently ranked 72nd in the ITF Wold Tennis Tour Junior Rankings, received an invitation to the main draw at Wimbledon Juniors and proved she has a place in her first Grand Slam tournament.

“We’re in the top 16 players in the world, so everyone is amazing,” Magic said Tuesday from England. “In the first round, she beat Japan’s No. 1 junior and [Monday], she beat Denmark’s No. 1 junior. Obviously, these are good wins, so we are very, very happy.

“She’s a very disciplined player. I can tell you the compliments I get from other people so I don’t have to create my own, but people have commented on how calm she is on the pitch. She Doesn’t act like a spoiled brat when she loses a point She thinks about situations on the pitch She’s able to push her own style into the game, and if that doesn’t work, she adapts to the style of the opponent and tries to find their weaknesses and avoid strengths His mental part of the game is good.

Lincer has decided she wants to play for Poland this spring.

“She has a strong bond with Poland,” Karina said. “We are very connected to our family there. At home, we eat Polish, we speak Polish. Our holidays are Polish traditions. She has this link.

” I also think that [Polish tennis] The federation was extremely enthusiastic about his abilities and supported him, which we did not find from the USTA.

Olivia would eventually like to play tennis professionally.

“I always dreamed of becoming a professional tennis player and playing professional Grand Slams,” she said. “But my goal is to be the best I can be and to work as hard as I can.”

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