Teenage prodigy Coco Gauff, world number one Ashleigh Barty and, in the final, two-time Major-winner Muguruza all fell victim to tough-as-boots Sofia, who was following strategies drawn up by her wily father. "When we got to the country it was very, very, very tough. I wasn't the tallest kid when I was little. If Sofia's achievement is remarkable, it owes a great deal to her father, who was ever-present courtside during her increasingly impressive run through the Melbourne women's draw. *She represented Team USA at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics. Alex’s net worth has been estimated in the range of $100,000 to $1 million. She is buried in New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, New York. [4] The following year, she co-starred in the teen comedy Little Darlings, starring Kristy MacNichol and Tatum O'Neal. As her skill at the game became evident something else emerged, a characteristic her father believes grew as a result of her parents' experiences in the new world. Sofia Anna Kenin was born in the year 1998 in Moscow, Russia to parents – Alex Kenin and Svetlana Kenin. We shared this together. Just thank you to him. *She represented Team USA at the 2014 Summer Youth … ", Anushka Sharma Fans Ward Off Trolls After RCB Loses IPL Match Against DC, IPL 2020: As Shane Watson Retires, Check Out His Top 10 IPL Knocks Across 12 Seasons, Actor Vijay Raaz Arrested for 'Molesting' Film Crew Member, Gets Bail, 'Definitely Not': Fans are Convinced PV Sindhu Pulled a Dhoni with Cryptic Tweet About 'Retirement', 'We Never Thought We'd be Saying This': Why Burger King Urged People to 'Order from McDonald's', Indians of The Islamic State: Photos of All Those Held in Middle-East Prisons, Missing or Killed, IPL 2020: Pregnant Anushka Cheers For Virat's RCB in Dubai. People said, 'What are you talking about? Kenin declined it and Linda Blair ended up playing the part. Alex Kenin looked as content as a man can 24 hours before his daughter plays in her first grand slam final. Their 20-year-old daughter gets ready to face tennis icon, Serena Williams at the French Open. These Paintings by Slum Art Foundation’s Kids for #MyFreedomDay is the most Heartwarming Thing You’ll see today He could have easily said, okay, and I could have done something (else).". Alex Kenin emigrated to America with his wife Svetlana in 1987, leaving the Soviet Union to see the world, his discontent at the restrictions he felt in his homeland making him fight for that opportunity for eight years. Before Kenin turned 10, having worked with a local pro and then experienced tennis coach Rick Macci, she was on her way and according to her father almost as famous as she is now. Sofia clearly had talent from a young age, but they remained outsiders and making it on the tennis circuit was never easy. Sofia Anna Kenin (born November 14, 1998), nicknamed Sonya, is an American professional tennis player. Alex Kenin is on Facebook. ", "He's just proud of me. These days Alex Kenin, despite starting with close to zero tennis knowledge, is coaching a Grand Slam champion. His daughter, now 21 and who prefers to be called Sonia, was also born in Moscow, her parents returning there so they had their own family around them when she came into the world. Here Are His Ten Best Films, Happy 88th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters had shown her around a tournament in Florida when Kenin was six, Anna Kournikova had hit up with her and she had rubbed shoulders momentarily with Jim Courier and John McEnroe during promotional activities. Kenin is the reigning champion at the Australian Open (becoming the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women's singles title since Serena Williams in … Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports. She is also the apple of her father's eye as he tours the world watching her improve her ranking from outside the top 100 to within striking distance of the top 10. [6], "30 Things You Might Not Know About Pretty in Pink, 30 Years Later", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alexa_Kenin&oldid=955163761, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2018, Internet Off-Broadway Database person ID not in Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 6 May 2020, at 08:59. He was like, 'What just happened?'" Sofia Kenin’s father started coaching her with no prior experience in tennis. Sofia was born on Nov. 14, 1998 in Moscow, where Alex Kenin said the family returned for her birth and for a several-month visit so they could receive support from their extended family. She started playing tennis at the age of five. I was so happy. By 11, she was beating her dad easily and while his role as coach, driver and hit-up partner continued she broadened her ambition to being No.1 in the world. to their name. Elle s'incline en … Amazed at the talent of his offspring Sofia Kenin and proud of the discipline she displayed to upset hometown hero Ashleigh Barty in the final, he was keeping his emotions in check. But unlike some other fathers, whose influence has been resented or even negative, Alex and Sofia, 21, remain close and affectionate. Melbourne: It wasn't so long ago that Sofia Kenin's father was driving New York taxis and spoke English so poorly that he didn't know where he was supposed to be going. Sofia Anna Kenin[1] (born November 14, 1998), nicknamed Sonya, is an American professional tennis player. The family moved to Florida and Sofia began to play tennis against her father in the driveway at their Pembroke Pines home before she was four. At the age of 10, she was offered the role of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist. Alex Kenin & Svetlana Kenin are the proud parents of Professional Tennis Player, Sofia Kenin. Yeah, he really works hard. By that time they were set in the United States having endured a challenging decade to establish themselves in their new country. "I'm also just on cloud nine. We can share this forever.". In 1982, Kenin guest-starred on episodes of The Facts of Life and Gimme a Break!. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. Sofia said. *She started playing tennis at age five and was inspired by her father. He drove a taxi by night and went to English and computer school during the day, a period he describes as "very, very tough". When they first moved to the USA they were poor and did not have much money, Alex. Alexa Jordan Kenin (February 16, 1962 – September 10, 1985) was an American actress known for her supporting roles in several films released during the 1980s, including Little Darlings (1980), Honkytonk Man (1982), and Pretty in Pink (1986) which was released after her death.

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