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The next golden age could follow


Hungarian tennis players few times belonged to the direct forefront of the world. There were golden ages, where some excellent players represented us, but most often we had to wait years, decades for the next Andrea Temesvári or Balázs Taróczy. This could change in the future. Lately several talents appeared, who could have a chance firstly to be in the TOP 100 then achieve greater results between the adults. The two EYOF ambassadors of the sport belong to these players; Dalma Gálfi and Máté Valkusz are more and more known, they both led the junior world player list.

ith the EYOF ambassador pairs is clear-cut, who is the legend with the big successes, the champion of now and who is the upcoming talent, the hope of the future. Except tennis, because even the involved doesn't know who is the older.

"The 13th of August 1988 is an outstanding date. Dalma and I were both born on the same day, so we still are arguing about who picked up more brain and more tennis knowledge. We know each other well, since we both went to competitions from our childhood. She is an exceptionally talented athlete, she could achieve great results" – said Máté Valkusz about his ambassador partner, Dalma Gálfi during a relaxed mood photo session. The career of the two tennis players is not only connected by their birth date, but the way they fell in love with playing tennis.

Máté Valkusz

"I was watching my parents from the sideline and I already wanted to catch the racket. My first trainer saw this and said if I can hit back three out of ten balls to him, I can play with them. I gave back nine out of ten. All of this happened at the age of five." It wasn't the other way in the case of Dalma either. She already watched the snappy balls from the stroller. "I almost grew up on the tennis field, since my father operates a place like this in Balatonfüred. It was evident that I will land here sooner or later. I was an athlete and played handball too, but I truly grew fond of tennis" – said from the beginnings the lately one of the most successful woman tennis players, who wrote sport history a few years ago.

After the World Champion gold and bronze medal in her age group and besides the European Champion gold, she could win on the US Open, reached the semi finals on the Australian Open, won in doubles in Wimbledon and meanwhile stepped forward to lead the world rankings. Since then she already proved herself between the adult players. The road to success demands great sacrifices. Dalma told about this before. "Professional tennis consumes a lot of time and energy. I practically almost go on competitions, I travel, and I don't see anything about the city I'm in. It is hard to find time to relax."

Máté Valkusz can also be proud of his successes, since he has a bronze medal and a first place in doubles from the Junior European Championship, several rankings from the Grand Slam tournaments, amongst them a memorable quarter final in Wimbledon. Like Dalma, Máté has also led a world ranking, and he knows it is hard to copy that in the elites.

Dalma Gálfi

"Entering the top hundred between the adults is a great success, but I think in a short matter of time, there will be a Hungarian on the list in the woman and the men field. The training opportunities are more and more better; the tennis federation pays a special attention to the rising generation. There are several training centres which fulfils every demand. I can see the talents of the future around me, younger than me where I train for the competitions" – said Máté and added, that maybe they were chosen to be the faces of the EYOF in tennis, because they both competed on a festival like this, in Utrecht, in the Netherlands in 2013, moreover their result were the same, both reached the semi finals.

They will cheer for the Hungarians on the EYOF in Győr, but they don't promise to do it on the spot because of their journeys. Four domestic tennis players can enter the Olympic Festival, two girls and boys. The Hungarian colours are represented by Dorka Drahota-Szabó, Luca Jánosi, Zsombor Velcz and Péter Fajta.

Photo: Gábor Marcali 

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