Competing in USTA tournaments remain at the core of our academy’s training objectives. Historically, this immediate area / school district has seen very few junior participants in USTA events which is also one the byproducts of why the tennis culture and past high school team performances remain sub-par to other nearby communities.
This weekend, Staley Tennis attended the Eastlake Open with 5 of its academy players registered to compete in the event. Most of our players are in the beginning stages of tennis and just getting their first experiences in USTA competitions, so we’re thrilled to be seeing growing numbers in kids competing and growth towards the future in building more competitive players.
High School Junior Elizabeth Kleopfer recorded her first USTA win in the girls’ 16U division in her very first match, getting an impressive main-draw win to begin her USTA career. Elizabeth continues to train with Staley Tennis Academy, competed in one of the top-tiers of our Challenger Series and played #2 varsity singles for the Wawasee Lady Warriors this past year. Great work, Elizabeth!
Nathan Harper, another Staley Tennis academy trainee, earned his very first USTA win in the boys’ 14U division, winning in straight sets against a tough opponent. Nathan is currently a 7th grader at Milford Middle School and played in two consecutive championship seasons for the Dare Doubles in Middle School Team Tennis at the academy. Way to go, Nathan!
Great work to everyone involved and thanks to Eastlake Athletic Club for hosting the event!
Shane Staley is the founder of Staley Tennis and a USPTA-certified trainer, Accredited Professional Coach and instructor.