Tennis enthusiasts and a handful Australians may know he is the No.1 junior boy in the world and the reigning Wimbledon junior champion.
But reality is that Luke Saville is not a name automatically recognised by your everyday individual.
When asked to describe himself in three words he said he hoped he was seen as a happy and competitive person. This was before jokingly interjecting the word “champion” then laughing and hurriedly dismissing the remark completely.
The fact is, Saville is anything but arrogant.
A more appropriate description for the 17-year-old would revolve around the words friendly, talented and humble.
Saville will play in his second consecutive boys’ singles final on Rod Laver Arena today, following in the footsteps of his idol, fellow South Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who played in the 2005 Australian Open final.
“If I could be half the champion he is then I’d be happy. I’m looking up to him. Just watching his matches here at the Open sends tingles down my spine,” he said.
“I want to be like him one day. We play completely different but I think I have some of the fighting qualities [that] he does.
“It’s a bit unusual to say that when he’s such a warrior but if I could follow in his footsteps somewhat I’d be pretty happy with myself.”
Saville has been on the junior tour since 2007. The South Australian was a finalist at the Junior Australian Open in 2011 before going on to take out the Junior Wimbledon title in June.
His game plan consists heavily of powerful serving and returning skills to assist him in searching for ways to venture towards the net.
Being the No.l seed at a Grand Slam event brings added pressure and expectation, something Saville is handling with poise beyond his 17 years.
“Being the top seed there are a few added expectations but it’s nothing I’m not used to,” he said.
“Ever since a pretty young age I’ve been kind of the top seed in my age group around Australia so you know it’s not new territory. I’ve been here before, but obviously to a new extent being a junior Grand Slam.”
Winning the junior title in his native Australia is something Saville dreams of.
“Obviously being a home Grand Slam it would mean a lot to me. My whole family is here so playing in front of them is something special,” he said.
“I love playing here in Melbourne, I made the final last year and I’d love nothing more than to go one step further.”
He may be one of the brightest prospects in Australian tennis but at heart Saville is a down-to-earth teen who enjoys many of life’s small joys.
He names spending time with his family and mates high on his list of favourite leisure activities, as well as getting home to use the family speedboat.
The self-confessed sport nut likes to watch Australian Rules, cricket and get out on to the golf course whenever he gets a spare minute.
While he is not as well recognised as the likes o f Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, if Saville continues on his current path his star is sure to rise.