Hanging Out with the Girls
As y’all know, last week saw the USTA National Hardcourts for both boys and girls held at various locations across the U.S. I had the opportunity to spend a day at the Girls 12s in Atlanta before heading to San Diego for the Girls 16s and 18s over the weekend. What a treat! I saw some amazing tennis, met some amazing parents and coaches, and had some amazing conversations about what’s happening behind the scenes in Junior and College Tennis.
One of my favorite parts about going to these events is meeting the players and their parents. I also love seeing the emergence of younger siblings of players I’ve been following over the years. If you look through the Competitors Lists you may recognize some surnames!
I posted several “live” videos on the ParentingAces Instagram from the Girls 12s. Sadly, those videos were lost and cannot be reposted here – I hope you caught them before they disappeared. However, I do want to give a big shout-out to Rachel Hernandez who was praised by the chair umpire then nominated for the Sportsmanship Award after exhibiting stellar behavior during her 6-0 6-0 loss to Lauren Zhang in the 2nd round. I had the chance to see the last set then to interview the umpire in that match, and she couldn’t say enough nice things about Rachel! Rachel and her twin sister, Sophie, came all the way from Los Gatos, CA, to compete in the tournament.
There is so much to write about from the week, and I’ve included some of the top highlights below. If there is something particular you’re interested in, please post in the Comments and I’ll do my best to address it!
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