Fanning the sole Kiwi Junior at the Roland Garros Juniors which kicks off Sunday night.
Fanning has been on the road nine weeks after committing to spend nine months away from New Zealand (base in Boca Raton, Florida) as she chases her tennis dream.
“It’s just one of the sacrifices you have to make if you want to make it”
“I have been all over Europe and have won a couple of doubles titles on the clay. When I arrived I sprained my ankle and was out for a couple of weeks, but I am fine now and have some momentum coming into this.”
Fanning believes her game based on a big forehand and speed around the court suits the clay.
“I have been coming to Europe for a couple of years now and I am getting better on the clay. I have been working really hard on my fitness which is really important. There are so many Europeans which are so good on clay and it is tough to beat them because we don’t have the courts in New Zealand.”
It’s Fanning’s first appearance in the main draw at Roland Garros after losing in qualifying last year.
She will face 16th seeded American Alexandra Klick in the first round overnight, the last scheduled match on court eight.
“I am super excited with all the top players it is an unbelievable atmosphere.” Fanning said.
The Kiwi has teamed with Russian Alina Silich for the doubles.