Seone Mendez confirmed herself as one of the rising stars of Australian tennis with back-to-back titles in Hammamet, Tunisia last month.
The titles were not only the Kellyville-born tennis star’s first of the year but also as a professional on the International Tennis Federation women’s circuit.
Playing on her favourite surface of clay, Mendez, 18, said being joined by her dad Gabriel was a big part of her success.
“I'm very happy and proud to win my first two titles of the year and it was all thanks to my dad, he got me through it,” Mendez told The Courier.
“I love competing on the clay, it makes things interesting because you can be out there for hours on end and you just give everything you have out there.
“It's the same on every surface but for me clay suits my game style quite well.”
Mendez was on fire in the first tournament, winning all five matches in straight sets.
A sign of how dominant she was, she won the final over top seed Fernanda Brito from Chile 6-2, 6-1.
Mendez backed it up in the second week with another strong performance, claiming the title with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 against Spain’s Andrea Lazaro Garcia.
She said it was a tough fortnight and had to play through the fatigue.
“The two weeks was great for me I gained some confidence and a lot of match play which can help me in my next tournaments,” Mendez said.
“For me, it was pretty tough mentally, the competition was better and there were some new players that I haven't seen before.
“By the end of the week I was tired but I had to keep focused and do things right and that's why my dad was there.”
Mendez is currently playing in Torino, Italy and will return to Australia in September.
She said her first year on the professional circuit has been about improvement.
“There are always challenges in this sport and in life in general but that's all part of the game is who can come out on top and who wants it more,” she said.
“This year has been tough for me but I feel like I am enjoying myself and I can't wait for the rest of the year. The pro tour is tough but I am prepared to give everything I have to reach my ultimate goal.”