For the first time in her budding juniors career, Alex Eala will be heading to London to compete in Wimbledon.
The 16-year-old tennis sensation shared that she could not contain her excitement as this will be her first time traveling to the United Kingdom and her maiden competition on a grass court.
"I'm super motivated for Wimbledon. It's my first time going there and it's one of my favorite Grand Slams. I've been working hard and my team has been working on my areas of improvement," shared Eala in an online press conference Sunday.
"I'm very confident. I'm just going to go there and play not expecting anything and take it match-by-match," she continued.
The Championships was founded in 1877 and is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. This year's iteration begins on July 5 and Eala is set to compete in both girls' singles and doubles tournaments.
The Filipina, ranked third in the world among female junior players, has won the Australian Open and French Open girls' doubles championships in the past 18 months with different partners. She has yet to name her partner, pending the draw, for the matches inside the All-England Club.
Since this will be her first time competing on grass, Eala said she has been hard at work to up her game at the Rafael Nadal Academy in Spain.
"Just because I'm changing surfaces doesn't mean I'm going to change my game or anything like that. I'm just going to stick with my game," she assured, also mentioning that she has been practicing on a hard surface, which she believes is closest to the grass court.
"Of course, I'm also working on specific things like my fitness a bit. I think it's going to be a bit more challenging on grass for my legs and it's a thing that I'm already working on," she added.