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Harmony Tan's family and ethnicity as French star thrives at Wimbledon

Joshua Rogers July 4, 2022
Harmony Tan celebrates winning the first set against Serena Williams at Wimbledon 2022
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The Frenchwoman has reached the fourth round at Wimbledon. Here’s everything we know about Harmony Tan’s family, ethnicity and coaches before the match.

French tennis star Harmony Tan is into the fourth round at Wimbledon this year – her best Grand Slam run to date. The 24-year-old is currently ranked No.115 in the world but did crack the top 100 in April after entering the rankings at No.90.

In what’s her first ever Wimbledon, Tan was drawn against a legend of the game in the first round. She faced seven-time winner Serena Williams, defeating her in three sets with a super tiebreak 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (10-7) after 3 hours and 10 minutes.

After the biggest win of her career, she followed that up with wins over Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round and home favourite Katie Boulter in the third round. She now plays American Amanda Anisimova in the Round of 16.

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Harmony Tan’s family and ethnicity

The tennis player was born in Paris on September 11, 1997. The names of Harmony Tan’s parents are not known publicly, but she has shared images of her mother and father on Instagram before.

Harmony Tan’s ethnicity is Vietnamese and Cambodian, but she holds French nationality. The family appear to often get together over the holidays, with Harmony’s brother also joining them:

Her childhood and upbringing in France

Harmony holds French citizenship and grew up training in the Val-de-Marne League in the suburbs of Paris. According to Tennis Majors, Harmony’s parents made a lot of sacrifices for her growing up so she could pursue her dream of playing tennis.

This included selling their house and paying for Harmony to go abroad to the Bollettieri Academy in Florida or to the home of Melanie Molitor, Martina Hingis’ mother, in Switzerland.

Despite encouraging her tennis career, her parents maintained that Harmony got her education. She reportedly obtained a baccalaureate, and then followed the Sciences Po Paris programme for high-level athletes. As a youngster, Harmony was also classically trained in piano.

Tan was always destined to be a tennis player though, and although she enjoyed dance, judo, golf, and surfing, it was with a racket in hand where she felt most comfortable.

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Harmony Tan’s current coaches

Harmony Tan’s current coaches are Nathalie Tauziat and Sam Sumyk.

Tauziat is a French former professional tennis player and was the runner-up in women’s singles at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships. She was also runner-up in the women’s doubles at the 2001 US Open and reached a career-high ranking of world No. 3 in both singles and doubles.

These days she is a coach, and as well as Harmony also works with Canadian Bianca Andreescu.

More recently, Harmony has integrated Sam Sumyk into her coaching team. Sumyk is a French tennis coach who has previously worked with former world number one players Victoria Azarenka and Garbiñe Muguruza, as well as former world number two Vera Zvonareva.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.