Watch Out Roger Federer, Here Comes Jan

By Meera Dolasia on November 12, 2007

Word Search

5-year old Jan Silva can barely see over the net, but he already has an amazing one-handed backstroke. Dubbed as the Tiger Woods of Tennis, Jan is being heralded the future of American Tennis.

Jan's love for the game began as a baby, while watching world tennis matches. He started hitting foam balls and tennis balls by the time he was one. Jan's babysitter would practice tennis with him every day, and show him photos of champions until he knew them all.  By the time he was two he was a big fan of James Blake (currently ranked #14 in the world), and insisted on watching his game over and over. He started to emulate James Blake's strokes, especially his backstroke.

By the age of three, Jan started playing imaginary games with himself, against a glass sliding door. He would even pretend to wipe his "sweaty" face in between shots. 

When he turned four, he was invited to be a guest at a Pacific Life ATP Tournament in Indian Wells, California.  There he impressed legendary tennis player Jimmy Conners so much, that Jimmy asked Jan's parents permission to include Jan in his instructional tennis video.

While here, he also caught the eye of 2006 Australian Open finalist, Marcos Baghdatis, and his coach Guillaume Peyre, who invited him to train at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France .

The Mouratoglou Academy is the best junior tennis training facility in the world and Jan currently resides there with his family.  Jan is the youngest player enrolled at this highly elite academy, which enrolls only a few of the world's best junior tennis players. 

Watch out Roger Federrer - here comes Jan! To watch this amazing kid in action, click below:

Share by EmailShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on tumblrShare on StumbleUponShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
to use your custom avatar.
  • onion
    onionSunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm
    • lollipopTuesday, January 13, 2015 at 9:44 am
      tennis rules when it comes to left handers
      • cheetahluver
        cheetahluverTuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:50 pm
        Awww thats so cool! I play tennis and its sooo hard. :)
        • happypug12
          happypug12Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 4:59 am
          Hey, I play tennis, too! I'm way better at the forehand than the backhand. ; )
          • cheetahluver
            cheetahluverSaturday, January 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm
            Oh really, me too! I play with my brother and sister (who are like professionals) and every time they hit a ball to my backhand, I just hit it everywhere! And how does a 5 year old hit a one- handed backhand?? Its soooo impossible! :D
        • TatMonday, December 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm
          That's amazing
          • matthewTuesday, November 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm
            she is very good she could beat a champion
            • star_girl
              star_girlSaturday, September 6, 2014 at 12:42 pm
              Cool, he is better than I am.
              • TennisManMonday, August 18, 2014 at 11:21 am
                I really like playing tennis, and I am pretty good, but he would probably beat me, an 11 year old
                • DamonTuesday, July 8, 2014 at 8:16 am
                  Right now I'm ten years old and I hit the ball really hard but when I was five I couldent hit that well
                  • Iroon HeadThursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm
                    I beat U15 while I'm only 9 years old!
                    • biancaisamazing
                      biancaisamazingMonday, April 28, 2014 at 10:35 am
                      awesome that is realy cool that he can do that at a early age.




                      Latest Comments

                      flabbr wrote:

                      woooowww i wanna see thatttt
                      Why Hong Kong's Luminescent Blue...

                      jhhfjk wrote:

                      I want o see the tag Mahal
                      Scientists Identify The Culprits...

                      Lui caliber wrote:

                      I am really not a fan of both te...
                      The Mystery Surrounding New Engl...

                      !!!!! wrote:

                      go seahawks!
                      The Mystery Surrounding New Engl...