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Ellen Perez: “The Olympics is the pinnacle of the sport for me” | 26 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Ellen Perez: “The Olympics is the pinnacle of the sport for me” | 26 June, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Ellen Perez is excited to represent Australia at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, where she will play doubles with close friend Daria Saville.

Paris, France, 26 June 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Australian tennis player Ellen Perez has hit incredible new heights this season, winning her biggest WTA Tour doubles title and peaking at a career-high doubles ranking of world No.7.

This week, the 28-year-old was announced as a member of the Australian tennis team heading to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris next month.

“For me, that’s the highest honour to be able to represent your country and the Olympics is the pinnacle of the sport,” the patriotic Perez said.

“It would mean the world (to win a medal). I would trade in a Grand Slam title to win a medal at the Olympics, that would just be the best for me. Gold is obviously the number one target, but any type of medal would be really cool.”

Born in the New South Wales town of Shellharbour, Perez was just four years old when Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games.

Hearing stories of Cathy Freeman’s historic gold medal-winning run was her first introduction to the significance of the Olympic Games and sparked a life-long appreciation for their importance.

Perez made her own Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, when she was selected to partner Sam Stosur in the women’s doubles event.

Stosur is one of Australia’s most decorated Olympic tennis players, competing at an unmatched five Olympic Games across her stellar career.

“It was super special to play alongside Sam Stosur in my debut at the Olympics,” Perez related.

“Sam was the first pro player I ever got to hit with when I was 14 years old, and I’ve never forgotten that moment and feeling.

“So, to then, almost 10 years later, be playing alongside her for Australia at the Olympics was amazing.”

The duo progressed to the quarterfinals, before bowing out to Swiss combination Belinda Bencic and Viktorija Golubic, who went on to claim a silver medal.

Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images

Ellen Perez and Sam Stosur at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Picture: Getty Images

Following the event, Perez and her close friend Storm Hunter, a fellow debutante in Tokyo, had the Olympic rings tattooed on their arms.

“I’ve always dreamt of playing at the Olympics and knew if I ever made it, that I would get the tattoo to commemorate it,” Perez said.

“I’ve always seen getting a tattoo as something I’d only do if I had something meaningful and special to put on my body…

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