Qualifying for the 2017 US Open starts today and Floridian Allie Kiick continues her comeback story third match on court 11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York against Olga Ianchuk of Ukraine. The two know each other well, having staged some tough battles on the United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit in the Spring of 2015, so it should be a great match.
In a day when women’s tennis is fraught with scandal, controversy, negative public perceptions, eating disorders, and players who’d seemingly rather be models than tennis players, Allie Kiick is a throwback in many ways. She comes across as very sincere, compassionate, generous with her time and likeable in an era when most people are totally self absorbed in their social media. Allie also appears to be determined, and fearless in her quest to succeed in the sport she loves, and approaches the game with an old fashioned hard work ethic that is very admirable. Perhaps this return to the Open is all the more special given the numerous medical issues Kiick has had to overcome in the past two yesrs, including skin cancer and multiple surgeries on both knees. If you can’t find something to like in that, there’s just something wrong with you.
So go Allie! Good luck in New Yahwk!!