The teen ended 2019 ranked No. 5 in the juniors, and turns his focus to the big leagues.

The 18-year-old American ended 2019 ranked No. 5 on the junior tour, but now moves into the pro world with a ranking of No. 940. 

"When I was playing juniors last year it was all Grand Slams and nice tournaments. Now it’s going to be that grind of day in, day out every week, so I’m looking forward to that."

This week's Podcast features Emilio Nava, a rising American teenager. He joined Nina Pantic and Irina Falconi in the USTA National Campus studio during the off-season.

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The teenager talks about how he got into tennis, why he idolizes David Ferrer, his move out of the USTA dorms, his yoga skills, and a lot more. 

Nava is part of a tennis-playing family: his mom represented Mexico in the 1988 Olympics, his older brother Eduardo plays for Wake Forest and his cousin is ATP pro Ernesto Escobedo. He gives credit to his family for his competitive spirit and love for the game. 

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