A promising immigrant athlete from Mexico made it to the US Open last week. Her name is Cassandra Vazquez and she competed in the US Open Junior Girls Tournament. We caught up with her coach/manager, Nicolas Guizar of Guizar Tennis Academy after the tournament to talk about his talented young trainee.
ImmigrationSarasota.com: How did Cassandra do in the US Open?
Nicolas Guizar: She won two matches in the qualifying tournament to get in to the main draw. In the main draw where only the top 64 in the world play she lost her first match against the Number 5 in the world in a great match.
IS.com: You must be so proud that she has made it this far, we certainly are! To what do you attribute her success?
Nicolas Guizar: Her success is based on discipline, hard work, and a well-organized program and supervision from our GTA Staff.
IS.com: The pressure of being in the US Open must be intense. How did she cope with the stress?
Nicolas Guizar: Cassandra has been working for this opportunity for many years and yes it is a lot of pressure but based on hard work and self-confidence she managed that pressure really well. She was able to play her best game during the biggest tournament she ever played till now.
IS.com: Now that she’s been to the US Open, what’s next for Cassandra?
Nicolas Guizar: We will continue to work hard to help her get into the top 10 in the world. Our goal is that Cassandra will be in 4 Grand Slams in 2014 (U.S. OPEN, WIMBLEDON, FRENCH OPEN, AUSTRALIAN OPEN) and will win one of those. We also would like to see Cassandra join the ranks of professional Tennis.
We will be following this very talented and driven immigrant athlete closely in the coming years.