Watch Out Roger Federer, Here Comes Jan

By Meera Dolasia on November 12, 2007

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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:

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  • 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.
            • doctorwhorocks
              doctorwhorocksMonday, April 21, 2014 at 3:23 pm
              cool i am horrible at tennis i am in 5th grade!!!lol
              • dre dayThursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm
                Omg this is awesome. i love tennis and this kid is amazing
                • edmodo-pytgcp5dfj
                  edmodo-pytgcp5dfjThursday, March 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm
                  I'm more awesome than him!!!!!!
                  • ninerMonday, February 10, 2014 at 6:16 pm
                    I could beat that kid on a one on one
                    • pixie_10101
                      pixie_10101Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm
                      i can beat that kid 1 on 1. he is only a year older than me!

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