The list of things the tennis world has yet to learn about Lulu Sun is long.

The journey of the 123rd-ranked Sun, who is competing in just her second main draw of a Grand Slam, from the qualifying tournament to a quarterfinal berth at Wimbledon – where the women’s tournament has seen top seed after top seed ousted – came as a surprise.

Here, then, is a starter course.

Sun, 23, was born in a town of 2538 on New Zealand’s South Island to a Chinese mother and Croatian father, though her stepfather is German-English and hails from about 320km down the road from Centre Court, where she unseated 2021 US Open champion and British darling Emma Raducanu in the fourth round on Sunday.

Her family left that small town in New Zealand when she was young for the slightly larger town of Shanghai, where Sun spent a few years before moving to Geneva.

After all that cultural education, it came time for the trilingual Sun – who speaks bubbly, polished English with nary a hint of an accent, as well as French and Mandarin – to continue her academic education at her mother’s prodding.

Naturally, this citizen of the world chose to attend the University of Texas.


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