Adam Walton's 14,000-Kilometre Journey From Australia To Tennessee

Australian Adam Walton grew up taking part in tennis alongside his older brother Jack. They might create ‘hectic’ Saturday schedules, beginning the day practising tennis earlier than taking part in cricket and rugby within the afternoons.

Their mom Sherry, who’s a registered nurse, would usually work night time shifts and throughout the day would take the 2 boys to their actions. When Jack determined to take tennis extra significantly, Adam adopted in his footsteps.

A local of Dwelling Hill, Walton acquired a scholarship to a Brisbane boarding college his closing three years of highschool earlier than transferring internationally to the College of Tennessee. Regardless of being greater than 14,000 kilometres away from residence, the 24-year-old has discovered success in the US.


“I already lived away from my dad and mom for a few years, so I felt able to go to varsity and there have been a pair Australians at Tennessee in order that’s a giant motive why I selected Tennessee,” Walton instructed “I knew the 2 Aussies on the workforce and I wished to go someplace the place at the very least I knew somebody. Tennessee is within the SEC [Southeastern Conference], which has very sturdy competitors week in and week out, so it was decide for me.”

When Walton first arrived at Tennessee, he thought his tennis profession wouldn’t transcend faculty. A standout 5 years during which he earned ITA All-American honours and received greater than 100 matches in singles and doubles modified his thoughts. Walton graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor’s diploma in kinesiology after which turned professional.

“The faculty route was positively the best way for me. I had quite a bit to be taught, I used to be a bit immature. I received a bit bit higher yearly,” Walton stated. “I used to be a fairly skinny child and I used to be all the time positively not ok to attempt to play professional tournaments straightaway after highschool.

“I used to be a longtime faculty participant by the top of it and thought I ought to strive it. I had some fairly respectable success within the 15Ks straight off the bat after which stored pursuing, and received my rating up inside 200 in 14, 15 months.”

Now in his first full season on the ATP Challenger Tour, Walton earned his greatest profession title in August, when he received the Atlantic Tire Championships I in Cary, North Carolina. The Aussie defeated three of the Prime 4 seeds and saved two championship factors towards Nicolas Moreno De Alboran to develop into the seventh completely different singles winner from the College of Tennessee in ATP Challenger Tour historical past.

Adam Walton wins the Challenger 75 event in Cary, North Carolina.
Adam Walton wins his maiden ATP Challenger Tour title in Cary, North Carolina. Credit score: Alexis Galloway
“I used to be on the again of my sixth match in a row. I did not truly know previous to the occasion the place I used to be going to play, however I snuck in the principle draw,” Walton stated. “I suppose all the celebrities aligned and I had an unbelievable week. It’s going to be per week that I always remember.”

Nonetheless based mostly out of Knoxville, one of many challenges Walton faces is discovering time to talk along with his household, together with his mom Sherry and father Ashley, who works within the development business, due to the 14-hour time zone distinction between Tennessee and residential.

“It is both actual early within the mornings or late at night time that you would be able to discuss, however you’ll be able to’t discuss throughout the day,” Walton stated.

Regardless of adjusting to life as a professional and continuously being on the street, Walton is discovering success. This week, he’s in motion on the Cary Challenger, the place he boasts a six-match profitable streak courting again to final month’s title run.


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