At just 12 years of age Jade Hopper was making history both on and off the tennis court as Australia fell in love with the gutsy blonde poppet who seemed wise beyond her years.
A tennis prodigy alongside sister Skye in the early 2000s, Jade shot to instant fame after she appeared as the youngest ever person to be profiled on the ABC’s Australian Story.
The daughter of famed coach Gavin Hopper – who at the time counted Pat Cash and Mark Phillipoussis in his high-powered stable – Jade seemed destined for greatness as her junior ranking rocketed and apparel giant FILA signed her to a two-year deal – making her the youngest player to ever do so.
Prodigy: A young Jade Hopper, pictured with Aussie tennis legend Pat Cash, was destined for greatness
Now 30, she has hung up her racquet and is a partner in a prestigious law firm
Disgraced dad: Gavin Hopper was sentenced to almost three years in prison
But in 2004 it all came unstuck after her father was found guilty…