“Sincerely, I never hesitated because I feel Spanish.”
Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa revealed on Wednesday the curious moment she experienced in her early years in the elite, when she had to choose between representing the flag of United Statesthe country where he was born and lived until he was seven years old, and Spainwhere he grew up as a tennis player. A decision that, according to him, did not cost him too much.
“I had offers from both sides,” confessed the tennis player about the call of the two countries in a publicity event broadcast by the newspaper Brand. “Sincerely, I never hesitated because I have always felt Spanish and I still feel Spanish,” she said emphatically about that decision.
The tennis player then went on to explain somewhat more in depth the reason for her choice. “I didn’t have to think about it much. I grew up in Spain in tennis, I started playing here, I have always played for Spain since I was a little girl. It wasn’t a big dilemma for me,” she said.
From New York to Catalonia
The truth is that the Spanish tennis player was born in New York, in the heart of Manhattan, after her parents, Josep Badosa and Mireia Gibert (both from Girona), crossed the pond to develop their careers in the world of fashion. She lived there for her first seven years, until her parents made their way back to Begura small village on the Costa Brava.
The young Badosa soon stood out, and emigrated to Valencia to prepare her jump to the elite. Finally, Paula made her professional debut at the age of 15 and, just one year later, she was called up to the Spanish national team for the first time. for the Federation Cup.