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Who are Madison Keys' parents? Ethnicity and background explored

Joshua Rogers January 26, 2022
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The American is into her first Australian Open semi-final since 2015 and faces a huge challenge in overcoming world no.1 Ash Barty. Ahead of the match-up, we take a look at Madison Keys’ parents, ethnicity and background.

Madison Keys will face world no.1 and home favourite Ash Barty on Thursday for a place in the 2022 Australian Open final. Keys booked her first Grand Slam semi-final in four years with a 6-3 6-2 win over Barbora Krejcikova.

Keys is in excellent form at the start of 2022 having won a recent WTA Tour event in Adelaide. Ahead of her match with Barty, we find out more about Madison Keys.

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Who are Madison Keys’ parents?

The American was born in Rock Island, Illinois, on 17 February 1995. Madison Keys’ parents are Rick and Christine Keys, who both have backgrounds in the legal profession. Rick also comes from a sporting background. He is a former Division II All-American college basketball player for Augustana College.

What is Madison Keys’ ethnicity?

Madison Keys is of mixed ethnicity as her father is black and her mother is white. Both parents are American and Madison is American by nationality. However, Madison has said she doesn’t classify herself as white or African-American.

In a 2015 interview with The New York Times (via The Undefeated) she said: “I don’t really identify myself as white or African-American. I’m just me. I’m Madison.”

Madison has an older sister, Sydney, and two younger sisters, Montana and Hunter.

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More on Rick and Christine Keys’ professions

Madison Keys’ father Rick is a practising attorney and is a partner at Keys Law Offices. He specialises in personal injury claims and criminal defence. Christine Keys was also an attorney but retired, relocating to Boca Raton, Florida, with her daughter to support Madison’s tennis career.

It was there Madison trained at the Evert Tennis Academy, which is run by American tennis legend Chris Evert and her brother John.

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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.