Who is America's new kid around the block Emma Navarro?

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 09:30
The future of American tennis appears to be bright, largely due to the new crop of rising stars on tour. Amongst this new wave of talent is Emma Navarro, who is already being touted as one of the breakthrough players of the 2024 season.
The 23-year old is quickly rising up the rankings, thanks to her impressive performances this season. After winning her maiden title in Hobart to start the season, Navarro reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the Australian Open. She surpassed this mark when she made it to the fourth round at Roland Garros, climbing to a new career-high ranking of World No.18.

A closer look at the Navarro family

Born in New York to parent's Ben and Kelly Navarro, not many are aware that Navarro's father is one of the most successful businessmen in America, with an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion. Furthermore, he also runs Beemok, a group which has had a growing influence in tennis in recent times. Beemok took control of the Charleston Open in 2018 – now named the Credit One Charleston Open – and brought the rights to the Cincinnati Masters in 2022.
It appears sports runs in the Navarro family, as her grandfather was a hugely successful college football player and coach. Frank Navarro played American Football for the University of Maryland from 1950-1952, winning the 1952 Sugar Bowl. Subsequently, he began his coaching career at Columbia University and Williams University. Frank would coach for almost three decades, stepping down  in 1984 after six years at Princeton.
However, Emma is not the only Navarro to find success on the tennis court. The New York native made the transition from collegiate tennis to the WTA tour, after winning the NCAA singles championships when playing for the University of Virginia in 2021. Her younger sister Meggie Navarro seems to be following in her footsteps. Meggie is currently playing at the University of Virginia, where she posted an impressive 20-7 doubles record for the collegiate season.

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