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Madison Mcleod beats the odds, eyes pro tennis career

Madison Mcleod hopes to become a pro tennis player one day

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Doctors told Madison Mcleod's parents that their baby would never walk.

Now 13 years of age Madi spends most of her days running all over the tennis court as she hopes to one day be a professional player.

Her mom Dayna calls Madi "a true miracle" and says the doctor that saved her daughters life has no medical explanation for her incredible recovery.

At birth Madi had bleeding in her lungs, she was on a ventilator and doctors even had to put her in a medically induced coma.

She survived but doctors warned her parents that Madi went without oxygen for quite awhile during those frantic first moments.

But as the months and years went by, Madison did not show any signs of her struggle at birth.

She continued to thrive and fell in love with tennis at the age of four.

She became highly ranked as a 10-under player and in 2019 Dayna and Madi moved to Spain to train at an elite academy.

She returned to the U.S. when the coronavirus pandemic struck and now Madison has been training in Santa Barbara, waiting to return to Spain.

After a rough beginning Madison is hoping to make the most of her opportunities and achieve her dream of becoming a professional tennis player.

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