Anna Tatishvili broke the news last week via Twitter that she had become a U.S. citizen.
By McCarton Ackerman, USTA.com
American tennis now has another promising young player on the women’s side as Anna Tatishvili has officially begun representing the U.S. in tournament competition. The 24-year-old Tatishvili, who previously played for Georgia, changed her nationality in the latest WTA rankings after becoming an American citizen last week.
Since last year’s US Open, the world No. 102 has jumped more than 90 spots in the WTA rankings after posting outstanding results on the USTA Pro Circuit. She went 26-4 last fall on the Pro Circuit, winning a $50,000 tournament and two $25,000 events. Tatishvili also opened up 2014 by winning a $25,000 event in Daytona Beach, Fla., and qualifying for the Australian Open. Her current ranking has given her direct acceptance into the main draw of the French Open next month.
Although she represented Georgia in competition, Tatishvili has been living an American life for quite some time. She first came to the U.S. at the age of 7 and has been training since age 13 at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Fla., which she credits for her on-court success.
Moreover, her best Grand Slam result came on American soil, when she reached the fourth round of the US Open in 2012. Tatishvili achieved a career high ranking of No. 50 just one month after that breakthrough performance.
Tatishvili is now looking to join a list of players who achieved some of their biggest results after making the switch to play for the U.S. Uzbekistan-born Varvara Lepchenko became a U.S. citizen in September 2011 and achieved her career-high ranking of No. 19 just 12 months later. South African-born Liezel Huber also won both of her US Open women’s doubles titles and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles after becoming a U.S. citizen in July 2007.
In addition, Czechoslovakia-born Martina Navratilova won 15 of her 18 Grand Slam singles titles after becoming an American citizen in 1981, while Monica Seles won her final Grand Slam title at the 1996 Australian Open under the U.S. flag, having previously played for Yugoslavia.