Carefully for a young girl, she opted for home schooling because she'd started progressing so far in junior tournaments that she'd miss too much classroom time. After she roared to No. 1 in juniors, she weighed matters and opted to turn professional and defer entering a university. Still, Keeton said, "There's not this special Melanie court where she's off exclusively doing this training that nobody else can be part of. She trains with other juniors, eats at the grill, leaves her wallet in the bathroom" as she once did before Keeton found it and returned it to her.
It's just that she played well enough that she participated in an AIDS-benefit exhibition where the family met Elton John, Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King and Andy Roddick, among others, and felt wowed.