• Short Summary

    The big stars of the tennis world have been arriving in Britain for the Wimbledon championships to the usual fanfare of publicity -- but they've almost been upstaged by a 14-year-old girl called Tracy Austin from the United States.

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    The big stars of the tennis world have been arriving in Britain for the Wimbledon championships to the usual fanfare of publicity -- but they've almost been upstaged by a 14-year-old girl called Tracy Austin from the United States. She's only five feet and one inch tall (1.55 metres) and weighs just 90 pounds (about 41 Kgs) but she's won 128 tournaments and eleven U.S. Tennis Association titles.

    SYNOPSIS: Tracy, who'll be exactly 14-and-a-half when she makes her first Wimbledon appearance next Tuesday (21 June), is believed to be the youngest competitor in the 10-year history of the famous championships. she's nicknamed 'Superstarlet's in the United States, and if she keeps up her current progress she's certain to follow in the footsteps of the best American female players. Tennis fans see definite similarities in style with the United States' Chris Every -- for instance, the two-handed smash.

    Observers predict the little Californian girl could become just as good as America's Billie Jean King, who holds six Wimbledon singles titles. Tracy, who had to take time off school for the championships , is in Britain with her mother, and coach Robert Landsdorf. She says her biggest problem could be adjusting to the fast grass courts at Wimbledon but facing the big stars doesn't seem to bother her.

    This week she talked to a reporter about how it all started.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB5GU0DEJAMMSGG3OP5CP7A8VJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB5GU0DEJAMMSGG3OP5CP7A8VJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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