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Atlanta area tennis juniors compete in Icy Hot USTA Southern Level 2 tournament

Over 230 players traveled from nine states to Macon, Ga. this weekend to compete for championship titles in both singles and doubles in the 12's and 14's age divisions.

Jacob Mitchell signals his doubles partner, Nicholas Kazamias before the point during practice at The John Drew Smith Tennis Center in Macon, Ga.
Robin Bateman

Doubles action started Friday evening. Two rounds were scheduled at the main site, The John Drew Smith Tennis Center, but a light drizzle halted Round Two.

“My serve and volley game is on,” said Cy McLeod of Atlanta just after the referees stopped play. McLeod and doubles partner Maconite, Samuel Barrow drew a bye the first round. His strategy going into the match was to “be consistent”.

Winward Academy player, 10-yr. old Brooke Despriet from Cumming, Ga. first picked up at racquet at age four and never looked back. Even though she’s ten, she’s playing up in the 12’s. Despriet, along with her doubles partner, Jada Young from Marietta defeated South Carolina opponents, Allie Gretkowski and Tatiana Harrelson with a score of 8-2. Despriet puts in at least ten hours of training a week to be able to compete at this level.

Alpharetta resident, 12 yr. old, Adeline Flach was eliminated from the doubles draw after losing her first match against No. 3 seeds, Juliana Mascagni and Bella Tummillo 1-8. Flach, whose father, Doug Flach, played on the ATP World Tour said, “Our opponents were really good; but, I felt good about my volleys. I could make them and continue out the point.”

Flach also added, “This was my first time playing doubles with Emma(Harp).”

Brothers, Nicholas and Brandon McKinney, who train at Old Town Athletic Club in Marietta sent their South Carolina opponents waking after defeating them 8-5 in first round doubles matches. The boys work 10-15 hours a weeks on court, seven hours of fitness in the gym and two hours of yoga.

The tournament runs through Monday, March 3. for more information on results check out Icy Hot USTA Southern Doubles or Icy Hot USTA Southern for singles.

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