Phoenix tennis athlete Kylie Mckenzie has signed with the Glendale-based iTUSA Tennis Academy to launch her professional career.
Mckenzie, 22, has had a successful career since beginning playing at age 8. She won the juniors competition at the National Hard Court U-16 Title and was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open Juniors. She also has wins against Australian Open champion Sopia Kenin, NCAA singles champion Jamie Loeb and others.
iTUSA is located at 7115 N. 83rd Ave., Unit 1, Glendale.
“I first started training with iTUSA when I was 8-years-old and then went on to train with the U.S. Tennis Association throughout my junior career,” she stated in a news release. “I am blessed to be reunited with iTUSA again and I couldn’t think of a better team to help me launch my pro career.”
Notably, iTUSA coached and managed Meghann Shaughnessy, Arizona’s best known pro tennis athlete for more than 20 years. Shaughnessy was ranked No. 11 in the world in singles and won six WTA Tour titles. She was also ranked No. 4 in the world in doubles and won 17 WTA doubles titles including the world champion title in Los Angeles. Shaughnessy was coached and managed by iTUSA founder Rafael Font de Mora for most of her career.
Now, the focus is on Mckenzie.
“Kylie has the same commitment, determination and potential that Meghann had and we are confident we will help her reach the highest levels of professional tennis,” Font de Mora, iTUSA director, stated.