Rising tennis star switches allegiance

New Zealand tennis has a player on the verge of cracking into the top 150, with Lulu Sun confirming she has switched national allegiances from Switzerland to the country of her birth. The 22-year-old from Te Anau, who is ranked 151 in the world left New Zealand as a small child and grew up in Switzerland.
Although she has always cherished her connection to New Zealand, with her grandparents still living in the small South Island town, and briefly representing the country of her birth as a junior to play at Wimbledon in 2018, it seemed likely she would continue to represent Switzerland on the world stage.
However, after a whirlwind week at this year’s ASB Classic, where she came through qualifying to make it to the second round of the main draw, she was able to experience the warmth there was towards her from the New Zealand public.