Georgia Drummy is an Irish Junior Tennis player. She is currently ranked number 110 on the ITF pro circuit, having won two ITF events this year. Georgia is the youngest Irish player to qualify for the junior grand slam aged 15 in 2016, she is also the only Irish junior to play in all four Junior grand slams. She holds the highest junior ranking ITF under 18’s (35) and Tennis Europe, under 14’s (23). She is the first Irish women to win the Irish Open in the modern era.
20 Questions with Georgia Drummy
1. What’s your first memory of sport as a child?
Playing with any type of a ball with my family, particularly my dad.
2. How did you first become involved in sport?
My dad and older sisters played a lot of tennis and I wanted to play with them so would make my mum play with me!
3. What sports did you try as a child?
I swam, played tennis, table tennis and hockey.
4. What decided you to settle on your chosen sport?
My family play tennis and I loved the game.
5. Who has had the most impact on your sporting career?
That’s a hard question but probably my family as they have supported me throughout my career.
6. What female do you most admire in the world of sport?
Serena Williams, as she is the most successful tennis player in the world. She has won more singles grand slams than any man and also plays lots of doubles with her sister Venus.
7. Outside of sport what do you do in your leisure time?
I like to relax, listen to music, meet my friends and shop.
8. What is the last movie you went to see? What is your favourite movie of all time?
Fast and Furious Hobbs and Shaw! I find it hard to pick a favourite as there are so many types of movies I love. I do love the Fast and Furious franchise and the really cool cars!
9. What music do you listen to?
I listen to a lot of different genres, but my favourite is pop music. I am a big Hozier fan and love to listen to him, especially when I am away from home.
10. Are you a reading fan?
I am probably not the biggest reader as I have to read quite a lot for college.
11. Do you follow any sports stars on social media? If so who?
I follow Rafael Nadal.
12. Forget about your sporting diet for a moment? Your favourite meal when you breakout?
I love chicken wings and chips!
13. Who do you most admire in your own sport?
I admire Rafa Nadal the most because he always shows true grit in his matches, he never gives up and is a great role model for everyone.
14. Do you have a special ritual before competing?
I like to listen to music before I go on court.
15. Do you still play other sports for fun?
I play some table tennis in the back garden when I am home, swim and play volley ball in the pool when on holidays.
16. What advice would you give to young girls & boys to encourage them to participate in sport?
Sport is great fun at every level. There are so many different sports so keep involved and the harder you work the more you get from your sport. It can give you so many opportunities and wherever you go in the world sport brings people together.
17. What has been your biggest sporting achievement?
Playing all four junior grand slams. When I went to Australia in January 2016 I had to qualify to get into the main draw of the junior grand slam. It was so exciting when I won my matches and received an amazing reaction from Irish people. In 2018 I had earned enough ranking points which meant I didn’t have to qualify. Each grand slam was amazing in its own way. Wimbledon was very special when I met my hero Rafa Nadal at the practice courts.
18. How do you cope with (a) injuries (b) other set-backs;
I have been lucky so far and haven’t had any long-term injury but in my last junior competition I had been playing very well and had to pull out in the semi-finals because I injured myself. I hate when that happens! It’s always tough when your plans have to change or when things don’t come together as you hope but it is part of sport and you just have to learn to be resilient in sport as there are so many things that can go wrong but it makes the good times all the sweeter.
19. What do your family make of your success?
My family are delighted for me and enjoy my success.
20. What does sport mean to you?
Sport to me is a way of life where I can be active, and independent. Sport has given me so many amazing opportunities and experiences that I am very grateful that I am able to play tennis and I hope to continue to improve and play for a long time to come.