World No. 5 tennis player, Jessica Pegula, has been named in Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30” for 2024, solidifying her status as a rising star. Pegula is the sole representative from the tennis world in this year’s selection, joining an elite group across 20 diverse industries.
“I always thought that I would make it happen,” Pegula said, speaking of her success this season to Forbes magazine.
“At the same time, putting in all the work and making it happen four years later, about where my mindset was, I don’t know if I really truly believed it. I did, but I didn’t. It’s just been a very long journey.”
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The 29-year-old athlete, who once ranked outside the top 50, showcased an exceptional season in 2023, clinching victories in Montreal and Seoul and securing three runner-up finishes. Her remarkable journey from rankings obscurity to the upper echelons of professional tennis has now been acknowledged by Forbes.
Pegula’s impact extends beyond the tennis court, as she not only owns the successful skincare line “Ready 24” but also contributes as a member of the Asian American Pacific Islander Tennis Association board, underlining her commitment to diversity in sports.
Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2024 includes standout individuals like basketball stars Napheesa Collier and Anthony Edwards, sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, and others from various fields. Pegula’s recognition among this stellar lineup is a testament to her resilience and success.
With multiple Hologic WTA Tour singles titles in 2023 and a notable presence in the season-ending WTA Finals, Pegula’s prowess on the court is undeniable. Leading in hard-court match wins with 43, she has become a force in professional tennis.
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As the only tennis player on this year’s Forbes list, Jessica Pegula’s inclusion highlights her not just as an athlete but as a multifaceted talent and a promising figure in shaping the future of the industry. Her journey from underdog to luminary is a testament to her tenacity and skill, inspiring the next generation in sports and entrepreneurship alike.