Happy 24th birthday, Christina McHale! While the world No.56 WTA player is busy getting ready for her second-round match against Ana Ivanovic at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, I'm here celebrating the American's birthday with you by sharing a bunch of lovely throwback pics.
Christina is the most prolific WTA player when it comes to posting childhood photos on Twitter and I've thoroughly enjoyed her posts, as all the photos are very different and each tells a super cute visual story.
When I first featured Christina in my Little Tennis Stars series, I mainly focused on the variety of sports she engaged in as a kid — baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis — while now I'm expanding the collection, exposing more of the American's early talents.
OK, first I'll share more Christina's early tennis pics, like this forehand practice one, which was probably taken in Hong Kong, where the 2014 Acapulco runner-up lived from age three to age eight and where she started playing tennis.
Little Christina was no stranger to surfing either.
Hula dancing moves were also in Christina's arsenal, as we can conclude from this pic from Hawaii.
Was Christina good at flamenco as well? I don't know, but this is my favorite photo, even though McHale said that she had no idea why she and her sister were dressed in these costumes.
Fashion experiments were an integral part of McHale's childhood as well. As you know, years later pairing summer clothes and winter hats became fashionable.
While little Christina was always ready for sports activities, meeting Snow White for the first time was not a pleasant experience for some reason.
Christina was a Rugrats fan, though.
And a random pic of a toothless Mets fan, just because it's so cute!
Christina is yet to crown her career with a WTA title, but time is on her side! Good luck in the future, Christina, and happy birthday once again!