Eléonora Molinaro (@ele_moli): “I had to choose between tennis and karate!”

Eléonora Molinaro is one of Luxembourg’s biggest tennis talents. We took the opportunity to talk with her about her ambitions and her beginnings.

Hello Eléonora. Tell us something about yourself!

Hi! My name is Eléonora Molinaro. I am 18 years old and play tennis since I am 7 years old.

What is your background?

I was born and raised here in Luxembourg. I used to do gymnastics, karate and also used to sing besides sports. When I had to choose between karate and tennis, I decided for the latter. I play tennis for 11 years now and want to do that on a professional level.

I used to visit the St. Sophie de Notre-Dame for 5 years and finished my elementary school with my 6th year in Strassen. Since 2012, I am doing the French CNED where I am now in the terminale class, so the exams are approaching.

My father is half-Italian and has roots in the north of Italy (Friuli). I have therefore Italian roots and I am also learning Italian.

How did you discover tennis as your passion?

I used to live in Consdorf and every Sunday, I went to Colmar-Berg to swim. After I finished swimming, I went outside to the playing ground an watched the people on the tennis courts. Aged 4 or 5, a tennis coach came up to me and asked if I was interested in tennis and if I want to play. I then started to play tennis once a week as a hobby. Shorty after, I went to Echternach where I picked up the pace and played around 3 times a week. Since 2007, I am playing for the Tennis Club des Arquebusiers.

Aged 11, I decided to make tennis my profession, and once I‘d finished elementary school, I had 3 possibilities: Either the INS “Sportlycée”, the Athenée or the ISP Academy in France. My parents told me that they would support me no matter what I would decide for. I chose the ISP Academy, and my father went with me so I wouldn’t be alone. I was a pretty tough time, I could only see my mother every 6 weeks and fell out of contact with my friends.. but I had a programme that I was working on.

Who are your idols?

My Idols are Rafael Nadal, as he is a warrior on the court and fights for the wins, as well as Caroline Wozniacki.

What are your plans for the future?

My main project is to make the preparation from September to January in order to be ready for the new season and to play in more prestigious competions. My ultimate goal is to play the qualifiers for the US Open in 2019.