Martín Landaluce, a former SEK-El Castillo student, became US Open tennis junior champion after beating Belgian Gilles Bailly in the final by 7-6 (3), 5-7 and 6-2.
Landaluce, 16 years old, studied at SEK International School El Castillo between 2012 and 2016, and was also a student of the SEK International Sports Academy tennis programme in the 2015/16 academic year.
The tennis player from Madrid celebrated his victory with the people who have accompanied him these last days in the American tournament. “My whole family is here, thanks to everyone and all the people who are watching me from home“, he said at the end of the match. “It’s been a fantastic week, I had a great time, thank you all for making everything possible” he added.
Despite this victory, Landaluce has not forgotten about his educational future, as he acknowledged after finishing his semi-final match in New York: “This is going to be one of my last junior tournaments. Now I’m going to get into the Pro championships, I’ll start playing tournaments, I’ll see how it goes and when I turn 18 I will decide if I go to professional or to university“.