Road to the top
Hello my name is Melissa Boyden...
I was born in England in 2003. When I was 4 months old I moved to the Netherlands for my fathers work. I started playing tennis at the age of 5. I started playing at TC Zandvoort when I was 7 years old.
My training at the Intime tennis academy
My current ranking for under 14 is No.1. I started playing Tennis Europe events at the age of 11. Up until now I have won 5 singles titles and 5 doubles titles including a category 2 in Italy.
In 2015 I started senior school in Den Haag a special school for Top Sporters. In the same year I moved to Intime tennis academy, which is run by Noelle van Lottum - a former top 50 WTA player and her husband Martijn Belgraver.
Becoming national champion of the Netherlands in singles and doubles
This year I was National Champion singles and doubles under 14. I have won over 100 tournaments so far in my career. I have chosen tennis because I love the feel of the sport. My mother was a top athlete in cycling and she gave me the inspiration to do well in a sport. I want to try to get to No.1 WTA and win lots of Grand Slams.
This season I play in the under 16 category. At the moment I am playing the Winter Jeugd circuit in the Netherlands, a tournament held over 6 weeks to determine the ranking for the start of the season.