Open-bound: This past weekend was a big one for 16-year-old Madison Keys. The up-and-coming US teen went through three rounds of tennis to earn a win at the Wildcard Playoffs event in DC, scoring herself a spot in the main draw of the Open. Keys took out last year’s media darling of the US Open — Beatrice Capra — in the final, 3-6 6-4 6-0. Keys has played in just one other main draw event in 2011, losing to Patty Schnyder in the opening round in Miami in a third-set tiebreaker. The current world no. 456 lost in the opening round of qualies at last year’s Open.
Above, Wilson pits Keys in a great video with professional opera singer Lily Oh. In the vid, the two ladies try to teach one another a few tricks about their vastly different trades. The result? Mostly hilarity.
Below, TSF gets in a few Qs with the NYC-bound teen before her first-ever Open main draw.
TSF: You can use your Wilson racket to do anything other than play tennis. What would it be?
Madison Keys: I would eat every meal off of it.
TSF: Flossing is something ___________.
MK: Flossing is something everyone lies about.
TSF: Say you have the option to play in just one of the four Majors — ever. Which do you choose?
MK: US Open
TSF: Katy Perry’s “TGIF” video is _________.
MK: Katy Perry’s TGIF video is one of my favorites.
TSF: Speaking of “TGIF,” Rebecca Black’s “Friday” got removed from YouTube. This makes you feel what? Because?
MK: It makes me feel sad because of the hateful comments, but also grateful that my sisters stopped playing it.
TSF: How did you celebrate your sweet 16?
MK: Went out with friends for a movie and ice cream.
TSF: What’s your favorite kind of ice cream?
MK: White chocolate raspberry from Whitey’s. [Keys is an Illinois native.]
TSF: Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf offer you to play doubles — with one of them. Who do you choose?
MK: Steffi Graf
(Video courtesy of Wilson)