Naomi Osaka

Meet Keiko from Queens. Where she’s from, there aren’t a lot of girls into tennis, let alone girls who look like her. But then there’s Naomi Osaka. She’s into tennis. She looks like Keiko. She even plays like Keiko. Or better yet, Keiko plays like her.

On the eastern coast of the Spanish island of Mallorca is the small town of Manacor. It’s a community known for fishing, furniture, and a bustling street market. But above all else, it’s a town known for tennis. Rafael Nadal’s career began here, on the red-clay courts sprinkled throughout his hometown of Manacor. And he still calls this place home, training and leading the next generation at the Rafa Nadal Academy.

“Mallorca is home,” says Rafa. “I plan to be here for the rest of my life.”

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The traditional tennis player? Quiet. Respectful. Conservative. But Elina Svitolina? Sheʼs outspoken. Defiant. Rebellious. Traditionally, she doesn’t fit in. And thatʼs what makes her stand out.

“The traditional player? Maybe a little boring.”

Madison Keys

Tennis is a sport with definitive lines. These lines tell you when, where, and how you should play. In some ways, the same can be said for women in the tennis world. Theyʼre reminded that thereʼs a right and a wrong way to act. Theyʼre told to be prim, proper, and “ladylike.” Madison doesnʼt fit the mold. And thatʼs why sheʼs happy to break it.

“I never feel like I have to be stuck in any sort of lines.”

Rafael Nadal

Crazy dreams take crazy effort. 18 career majors. 12 French Open titles. Congratulations, Rafael Nadal.