133 Facts About Madison Keys

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Madison Keys was born on February 17,1995 and is an American professional tennis player.

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Madison Keys has been ranked as high as world No 7 by the Women's Tennis Association, a ranking she first achieved in October 2016.

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Madison Keys has won six WTA tournaments, five of which were at the Premier level, and she achieved her biggest title at the 2019 Cincinnati Open, a Premier 5 event.

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Madison Keys debuted in the top 10 of the WTA rankings in 2016, becoming the first American woman to realize this milestone since Serena Williams 17 years earlier.

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Madison Keys has had success on all surfaces, winning at least one title on each and having reached at least the quarterfinal stage of all four Grand Slam tournaments.

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Madison Keys was inspired to start playing tennis after seeing the dresses Venus Williams was wearing at Wimbledon on TV.

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Madison Keys's coaches regarded her as a prodigy and believed she had a good chance to win a major title.

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Madison Keys turned pro on her 14th birthday and quickly showed her potential by becoming one of the youngest players to win a WTA Tour level match a few months later.

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Madison Keys won a World TeamTennis exhibition set against then world No 2, Serena Williams, later that year.

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Madison Keys first cracked the top 100 of the WTA rankings in 2013 at the age of 17.

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Madison Keys had her first big breakthrough at a major in early 2015 when she reached the semifinals of the Australian Open as a teenager.

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Madison Keys was born on February 17,1995 in Rock Island, one of the Quad Cities in northwestern Illinois.

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Madison Keys has an older sister named Sydney and two younger sisters named Montana and Hunter, none of whom play tennis.

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Madison Keys asked her parents for a white tennis dress like the one Venus Williams was wearing, and they offered to get her one if she started playing tennis.

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Madison Keys started playing tennis at the Quad-City Tennis Club in Moline.

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Madison Keys began taking lessons regularly at seven and began competing in tournaments at the age of nine.

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Madison Keys definitely needed to be cleaned up with her strokes.

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Madison Keys's most notable title was a victory at the 12-and-under Junior Orange Bowl.

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Madison Keys was ranked No 16 in the ITF junior rankings at the time, a personal best.

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Madison Keys made her WTA Tour debut a few months later at the Ponte Vedra Beach Championships, having only played in one previous professional tournament where she lost her only match.

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Nonetheless, Madison Keys found another opportunity to play against the top professionals by participating in the World TeamTennis league as a member of the Philadelphia Freedoms.

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Madison Keys was defeated by No 41, Patty Schnyder, in the first round, despite having a chance to serve for the match.

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Several months later, Madison Keys won an invitational playoff to earn one of the American wild card spots in the main draw of the US Open.

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Madison Keys defeated fellow American Jill Craybas in her Grand Slam tournament debut to become the youngest match winner at the event in six years at the age of 16.

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Madison Keys won an invitational playoff to compete at the 2012 Australian Open but was unable to get past the first round.

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At the Sydney International, Madison Keys reached the quarterfinals of a WTA event for the first time, defeating Lucie Safarova and Zheng Jie, the two players who had beaten her in her first two majors.

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Madison Keys next played at the Madrid Open and defeated world No 6 Li Na, not long after nearly beating her in Sydney earlier in the year.

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Madison Keys concluded the clay-court season with a second-round appearance in her French Open debut.

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Madison Keys cruised past No 11, Simona Halep, in the first round before losing to No 9, Angelique Kerber.

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Madison Keys next played at the Australian Open, but was upset by Zheng Jie in the second round after dropping a double break advantage in the final set.

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Madison Keys lost her only singles match to Camila Giorgi but managed to win the dead rubber doubles match with Lauren Davis as the United States lost the tie.

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Madison Keys won her first Fed Cup match against Alize Cornet but was unable to win her next singles match or the decisive doubles rubber with Sloane Stephens.

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Madison Keys entered the Internationaux de Strasbourg having won back-to-back matches just once since Sydney.

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Madison Keys was able to regain her form in France and reached the semifinal at the tournament.

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Madison Keys defeated two top ten players at the event, No 7 Jelena Jankovic in the first round and No 9 Kerber in the final.

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Madison Keys maintained that form to reach the third round at Wimbledon but was forced to retire due to a leg injury.

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Madison Keys won less than half of her matches the remainder of the season.

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At the US Open, Madison Keys was seeded for the first time at a major at No 27 but suffered a disappointing second round loss to qualifier Aleksandra Krunic.

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Madison Keys closed the year by reaching the quarterfinals at the Japan Open.

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Madison Keys maintained a steady ranking inside the top 50 throughout the year and finished the season at No 31 in the world.

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Madison Keys upset reigning Wimbledon champion and No 4, Petra Kvitova, in straight sets in the third round.

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Madison Keys defeated Venus for the first time in a tight three-set match, despite injuring her left thigh in the middle of the second set.

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Madison Keys was unable to carry her momentum through the early-year hardcourt season.

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Madison Keys then continued her series of strong performances at majors by reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

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Madison Keys finished the season with a high enough ranking to qualify for the inaugural WTA Elite Trophy, a year-end tournament similar to the top-tier WTA Finals for the top-ranked players who did not qualify for those higher level finals.

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Madison Keys finished in second place in her three-person round-robin group, ahead of Zheng Saisai whom she beat and behind top overall seed Venus Williams whom she lost to in a close match.

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Madison Keys reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, where she lost to qualifier Zhang Shuai in a match where she was ahead up until she started to experience pain in her leg in the second set.

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At the Miami Open, Madison Keys produced another good result with her first quarterfinal at a Premier Mandatory event.

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Madison Keys lost in the final to compatriot and world No 1, Serena Williams, in straight sets.

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At the French Open, Madison Keys won her first three matches in straight sets before unexpectedly falling to unseeded Kiki Bertens in the fourth round.

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Nonetheless, Madison Keys followed up a strong clay court season with an excellent grass-court season, highlighted by her second career title at the Birmingham Classic.

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Later that month, Madison Keys reached her second consecutive Premier 5 final at the Canadian Open in Montreal, where she again lost to Halep.

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Madison Keys then lost the bronze medal match to Kvitova in three sets, narrowly missing out on a medal.

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Madison Keys then lost to Caroline Wozniacki, thereby exiting all four Grand Slam tournaments that year in the fourth round.

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Nonetheless, Madison Keys was still in contention for a spot in the WTA Finals in Singapore, being ranked No 9 at the time with the top eight in the WTA rankings getting invited to the event.

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Madison Keys stayed in the race by making the quarterfinals at the Wuhan Open.

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Madison Keys then reached the semifinals in back-to-back weeks at the China Open in Beijing and the Linz Open in Austria.

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Madison Keys did not advance out of the round-robin stage, with Cibulkova instead making it to the final rounds through the tiebreak criteria and ultimately winning the event.

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Madison Keys finished the year ranked No 8 in the world, becoming the first American other than the Williams sisters to finish a year with a top 10 ranking since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.

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Madison Keys was aware of the injury in the middle of 2016 and was planning on having surgery after the 2016 US Open.

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Also during the off-season, Madison Keys rekindled her relationship with Davenport and brought her back as her primary coach.

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Madison Keys then defeated Vandeweghe in her very next match at the Cincinnati Open, but this time she was stopped by Muguruza in the third round.

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Madison Keys entered the year having played in just one tournament since the US Open final.

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At the first major of the year, Madison Keys defeated No 8 Caroline Garcia to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the second time.

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Outside of the Australian Open, Madison Keys won just one match in the first three months of the year.

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Madison Keys ended the early-year hardcourt season with a retirement due to a left thigh injury against Victoria Azarenka at the Miami Open in Azarenka's comeback tournament.

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Madison Keys defeated Pauline Parmentier in her only match to clinch the tie and put the United States in the final.

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At the French Open, Madison Keys produced the best result of her career at the tournament.

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Madison Keys reached the semifinals without dropping a set to set up a rematch of the 2017 US Open final with Sloane Stephens.

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Madison Keys only played one grass-court event, losing in the third round at Wimbledon.

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Madison Keys did not attempt to defend her title at the Silicon Valley Classic, withdrawing due to a right wrist injury before the start of the event.

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Madison Keys only played in one tournament during the US Open Series, reaching the quarterfinals at the Cincinnati Open.

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At the US Open, Madison Keys made it to the semifinals while dropping just one set.

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Madison Keys did not make herself available for the Fed Cup final, which a short-handed United States team lost to the Czech Republic.

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Madison Keys began the season at the Australian Open, where she lost in the fourth round to Elina Svitolina.

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Madison Keys only played in two more tournaments during the early-year hardcourt season, losing her opening matches at both the Indian Wells Open and the Miami Open.

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Madison Keys continued her clay-court success at the French Open, where she lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual champion, Ashleigh Barty.

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Madison Keys reached the fourth round of the US Open, establishing a career-high nine match winning streak, before losing to Svitolina for the second time at a major this year.

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Madison Keys then retired against Angelique Kerber in the third set of the quarterfinals at the Pan Pacific Open and lost to compatriot Jennifer Brady in the second round at the China Open.

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Madison Keys ended the year ranked No 13 in the world, her fifth consecutive year-end top 20 ranking.

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Madison Keys started the season strongly by reaching the final at the Brisbane International, her first career final during the early hard court season.

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Madison Keys defeated former Grand Slam champions Samantha Stosur and Petra Kvitova en route before falling to Karolina Pliskova in a tight three-set match.

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Madison Keys did not play the rest of the early hardcourt season and was next scheduled to play in Indian Wells, but play was suspended before the tournament began due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Madison Keys breezed through her first two matches, winning in straight sets over Timea Babos and Aliona Bolsova.

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Madison Keys recovered in time to play at the French Open, where she was seeded twelfth.

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However she was upset in the first round by Zhang Shuai in straight sets, marking the first time Madison Keys lost in the opening round at a major since the 2014 French Open.

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Madison Keys ended the year ranked No 16 in the world, her sixth consecutive year-end top 20 ranking.

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Madison Keys made her debut at the US Open in mixed doubles with Bjorn Fratangelo, whom she began dating four years ago.

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Madison Keys lost to world number one and eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in the semifinals.

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Madison Keys easily defeated Ulrikke Eikeri in straight sets before succumbing to reigning Olympic gold medalist and eventual champion Belinda Bencic in the third round.

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Madison Keys regarded Venus and Serena Williams as two of her childhood idols.

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Madison Keys has frequently been labeled as a potential successor to the Williams sisters to lead American women's tennis.

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Madison Keys first played Venus in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Charleston Open, where Venus won a tight match against an 18-year-old Madison Keys.

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Madison Keys won their quarterfinal match in three sets, overcoming a lower back injury in the second set.

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Madison Keys has won their most recent two encounters at the 2016 Canadian Open and the 2019 Cincinnati Open.

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Serena was able to end Madison Keys's run in the semifinals but offered high praise for her opponent.

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Madison Keys entered the match as an underdog, given that Serena had a 15 match win streak against other Americans, and had not lost to another American in a final since Wimbledon in 2008 against her sister.

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Madison Keys is close friends with Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe, creating a friendly rivalry between the three of them.

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Madison Keys has struggled against Stephens, often hitting more unforced errors than usual in their matches.

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Madison Keys finally recorded her first victory against Stephens in the quarterfinals at the 2019 Volvo Car Open, winning in three sets on the way to her first career clay-court title.

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Madison Keys easily defeated Vandeweghe in straight sets, only losing three games.

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Out of all the players who have been ranked world No 1, Madison Keys has most frequently faced off against Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep.

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Since this victory, Madison Keys notably lost to Kerber in the final of the 2015 Charleston Open, the semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and the quarterfinals at the 2018 Australian Open.

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In particular, Madison Keys would have won a medal had she defeated Kerber at the Olympics but ended up finishing in fourth place just off the podium.

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Madison Keys snapped her five-match losing streak to Kerber in 2018 with a come-from-behind three-set win in the third round of the Cincinnati Open.

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Madison Keys ended her losing streak to Halep in the third round of the 2019 Cincinnati Open, winning in three sets en route to winning her first Premier 5 title.

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Madison Keys won in straight sets their most important meeting at semifinals of premier 5 tournament at 2016 Italian Open, and another semifinals at 2017 Bank of the West Classic, which was their fastest match so far, as Madison Keys lost only five games.

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Two years later at the same tournament, Madison Keys won after a big three-set battle and went on to win the title.

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Madison Keys went on to win much easier in straight sets their next two matches at 2017 BNP Paribas Open and 2018 French Open, even though in the latter Osaka was in a little bit better form at the time and recent Indian Wells champion.

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Madison Keys has used her tall frame to develop a style of play around hitting big serves and powerful groundstrokes on both the forehand and backhand sides.

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Madison Keys uses her strong serve to dominate her service games.

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Madison Keys could serve at more than 100 miles per hour when she was 14, and was clocked at up to 126 miles per hour on the road to her first WTA title in 2014.

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On multiple occasions, Madison Keys has been recorded hitting groundstrokes at speeds that are comparable to, if not faster than the top men's tennis players.

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At the 2014 French Open, Madison Keys had the fastest average groundstroke speed of any player at 78.

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The Game Insight Group analyzed Australian Open data over a five-year period from 2012 to 2016 and found that Madison Keys had the second-fastest average forehand and backhand speeds of all players.

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When Madison Keys was at the Evert Tennis Academy, she was primarily coached by John Evert.

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Madison Keys worked with his sister Chris Evert, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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In 2011 after six years at the academy, Madison Keys switched coaches to Adam Peterson, who was assigned to work with her through the USTA.

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Madison Keys ended her partnership with Kindlmann in May 2018, with the two having worked together for about a year.

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Madison Keys has been sponsored by Nike since she was 14 years old, who provide her with clothing and shoes.

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Madison Keys helped launch the Wilson Ultra line of rackets in the middle of 2017 and specifically uses the Ultra Tour model.

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Madison Keys is the first American ambassador for the French water company, Evian, which Maria Sharapova endorses.

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Madison Keys has endorsed Orangetheory Fitness, a company based in Boca Raton where Keys has been a long-time resident.

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Madison Keys has said that she looks up to Roger Federer because of his class and his positive attitude on the court.

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Madison Keys was a big fan of her future coach Lindsay Davenport as well as Kim Clijsters.

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Madison Keys is very close friends with Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe.

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Madison Keys hugged Stephens after losing the 2017 US Open final and jumped into Vandeweghe's lap after beating her in the 2017 Stanford Classic final.

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Madison Keys is biracial, as her mother is European-American and her father is African-American.

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Madison Keys is an ambassador for Fearlessly Girl, an organization dedicated to fighting bullying and cyber-bullying, with a focus on reaching out to high school girls.

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Madison Keys co-hosted the first summit for the group with founder Kate Whitfield in her hometown of Rock Island in 2016.

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In February 2020, Madison Keys relaunched Fearlessly Girl into a nonprofit organization called Kindness Wins.

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Note: Madison Keys received a walkover in the second round of the 2014 French Open, which does not officially count as a win.

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Madison Keys missed Australian Open 2021 after testing positive for COVID-19 Initial Tennis-Bet, Jan 21.

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