A Ringing Endorsement

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: October 12, 2009

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — Richard Williams is certainly a good endorsement. For sure. He has raised arguably the two best female tennis players in the world.

Williams is high on 14-year-old Sachia Vickery of Florida. He has gone public about it.

Vickery, from Miramar is ranked among the best in the nation, if not the world in her age group.

She made it to the semifinals of her first pro circuit tournament in Evansville, Indiana this past July and has already beaten ranked player, Maria Sanchez in the past.

Vickery once trained out of the Bolliteri Academy in Bradenton, Florida and more recently moved to the Mourataglou Academy in France for more individualized attention.

Ken Meyerson, head of Lagardere-Unlimited’s sports and entertainment division recently signed Vickery to his company and will co-represent her with Johnny Williams from RRA Sports and Entertainment which is based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Vickery in the past has won the Easter Bowl and Gator Bowl titles.

She received her first racket at the age of 5 from her grandmother.She was a natural.

Richard Williams enabled Vickery to get her first look at Wimbledon by providing her and the family with passes to the hallowed tennis grounds.

Vickery, born of Guianese parentage got her first opportunity to play at Wimbledon this past July, becoming the youngest player at the age of 12 in the junior main draw.

She lost to top seed Kristina Mladenovic in the second round, 6-1, 6-3. The match was played in front of no less than legendary Billie Jean King and Williams.

She had to win three qualifying matches and in the process took out the no 2 seed and a player ranked on the WTA tour to qualify for the main draw.

In the main draw, she beat ranked player Maria Sanchez in the quarter finals before losing to Elizabeth Lumpkin, 6-3, 7-6 in the semis.

She is one to watch.