It would be easy to pigeon-hole Heather Watson as just another giggly teenager, propelled beyond her years into the bright lights and harsh glare of national sporting publicity.
After all, she has to surgically remove herself away from whatever game it is she is playing on whatever apparatus she owns for our interview to start.
The affable 18-year-old informs me she’s addicted to Tinie Tempah and for the last few weeks has played it several hours a day.
I chuckle in feigned comprehension and mumble something about Tetris that must sound soooooo 90s.
The impression does not abate during the course of our conversation. Watson is quick to titter, even quicker to smile and positively lightning when it comes to saying something that sounds more Teenglish than English.
I suspect Tinie Tempah and me are not destined to have a long and fruitful relationship.
However, as easy as it would be to dismiss the Guernsey-born youngster as just the latest in a long list of Great Hopes of British tennis, attention to what she says and not how she says it is far more instructive.
Let’s not forget Watson is a youngster with enough about her to win the US Open junior title at Flushing Meadow last autumn. The previous Briton to do that was Andy Murray and he’s been to two Grand Slam finals and has been ranked number two in the world.
And what many people don’t know is the fact that at the age of 12 she decided she needed to leave her small Channel Island and head off to the fabled Nick Bollettieri academy to continue her tennis development – alone.
“When I was 11 I went for a week to see it. I knew I was not going to stay in Guernsey, I was going to go and really try with my tennis,” Watson recalls, still grinning and eyes a-twinkle.
“We went round places in England just looking at different tennis schools. Then we went to Florida. As soon as the week finished I went to my parents and said ‘This is where I want to go.’
"So at the beginning of the next school year, when I was 12 they put me on a plane, I went over there and lived on my own for three years.
“It was a pretty ruthless environment but it’s made me stronger as a person and I have learned to live by myself from an early age and do things on my own.
“I am not really the homesick type. I am so busy all the time I always have things keeping me occupied and on my mind.” Just another giggly teenager, eh?
Had that story been delivered in the American drawl of Maria Sharapova – and something like it has been on many occasions, it would sit easily with Sharapova’s public persona as the embodiment of chilling ambition and ruthless determination.
But, wrapped in Watson’s neat middle-class vowels and decorated with her perma-smile, what is actually complete separation from her mother and father, sounds more like a weekend of hockey sticks and tiffin at Malory Towers. Once again one should not be deceived by the gregarious exterior, it takes a child with rare focus to make such a decision.
The Bollettieri academy has a fearsomely hard reputation and was described by one of it’s most famous alumni, Andre Agassi, as something akin to a tennis-themed boot camp. Sharapova has recounted how as a nine-year-old she was bullied by other inmates.
But Watson’s experience seems to have been wholly positive. Free from the weight of public expectation and what appear to be the debilitating effects of the Lawn Tennis Association, she has prospered.
While last September’s triumph goes down as the keystone of a fine junior career, it should not obscure the fact she has been ranked in the world’s top five and generally higher than her doubles partner Laura Robson.
She has started to make steps in the senior game too and last weekend’s wild card to the AEGON Classic in Birmingham was just the second time she had competed on the main Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.
Unfortunately she was overpowered by Sharapova’s countrywoman Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round but demonstrated enough court craft to suggest she has the touch to thrive in the women’s game.
Indeed that theory was only underlined over the weekend when she justified her wild card into Wimbledon by coming through qualifying in Eastbourne.
She did that by registering the biggest win of her career in the second qualifying round against Tsvetana Pironkova and then playing through a side strain to beat world number 108 Bojana Jovanovski.
And so she will make her major debut next week at a venue that has not been especially kind to her as a junior. Her previous two attempts at challenging Robson for the All England Girls’ singles crown have ended after one match.
Those defeats, however, have not dimmed her enthusiasm for her chance to show the world there is substance underneath the style and smile.
“The seniors is more about the mental part of the game, you have to get stronger and when you get your chances, you have to take them," she said.
“You can’t wait for your opponent’s mistake at this level. You have got to win the point, you have to be in control.
“I am so excited. It’s my first senior Grand Slam and I am so happy it’s at Wimbledon. I am going to be training really hard. I am going to do the best that I can. I don’t mind whoever I get, I just want to get through that first round, have fun and enjoy it.”