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Next Sharapovas Cost $400,000 as Teen Champs Disappear

Mia Smith’s parents have bet their house on the 12-year-old’s tennis talent.

Dawn and Chris Smith sold their home in Tunbridge Wells, 33 miles southeast of London, last year to enroll their daughter at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. After a sponsor dropped out at the last minute, the family decided it was the best option to help Mia become a top tennis player.