Asian-American Spotlight:

Meilen Tu

E.J. Crawford  |  May 5, 2017
Meilen Tu hits a backhand during the 2006 US Open.

May is Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month. To celebrate, is taking a look at Asian-Americans past, present and future – those who have helped to shape the game, and those who could soon cement their place in it.


To kick off our series, here's a closer look at former US Open junior champion and Top 40 standout Meilen Tu:


  • Tu first made a name for herself at the 1994 US Open Junior Championships, upsetting top seed Martina Hingis to win the girls’ singles title. That same year, she won the USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals title to earn a berth in the main draw of the US Open.

  • The Tarzana, Calif., native, born to Taiwanese parents, played in 31 Grand Slam singles main draws in her career, reaching at least the second round at each of the four majors. Her best performance in a Slam came at 2002 Wimbledon, where she advanced to the third round. ADVERTISEMENT She also reached the round of 16 at all four majors in doubles.

  • She finished in the year-end Top 100 on six occasions and peaked at No. 35 in the world in 2007, when she reached the semifinals in Tokyo and Memphis and advanced to the second round at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. Also in 2007, she climbed to a career-best No. 28 in the world doubles rankings.

  • She won her lone WTA singles title in Auckland in 2001. She also won four career tour doubles crowns, the last of which came in Memphis in 2004 with Anna Svensson.

  • Tu officially retired in 2010. She is now an agent with Topnotch Management and has represented Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Garcia, among many others. She is married to Sam Sumyk, former coach of Azarenka and Genie Bouchard and the current coach of 2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza.


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