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gplracer 02-07-2013 02:31 PM

Where it all began
 
My oldest son is about to turn 16 this month. When I look back there are a lot of good memories. The main thing is having fun. Here is the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fDF1AM1MJg

Chemist 02-07-2013 04:19 PM

This is the best 3 yr old tennis player I have ever seen! He also talked like a 6-7 yr old boy! How is he doing now?

gplracer 02-07-2013 04:25 PM

He had a real big vocabulary at a young age. He did not want to do weekly lessons and clinics until 4th grade.Tennis was never easy for him, but he has never given up. (proud dad) Each year he has done better than the previous until he got in the 16s. He has struggled this last year and lost a lot of confidence. He is one of those players who has been ranked in the 50s or 60s in our state. We live in Georgia and tennis is tough here. I think part of the problem is that it is so much easier for the younger brother....

Soianka 02-07-2013 04:36 PM

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Originally Posted by gplracer (Post 7198574)
My oldest son is about to turn 16 this month. When I look back there are a lot of good memories. The main thing is having fun. Here is the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fDF1AM1MJg

Oh my goodness..he's so cute.

nightfire700 02-07-2013 06:20 PM

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Originally Posted by gplracer (Post 7198574)
My oldest son is about to turn 16 this month. When I look back there are a lot of good memories. The main thing is having fun. Here is the beginning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fDF1AM1MJg

A for Awesome! B for Bold! C for Cute! D for Daring!....

That must be some fun days to have a kid ready to rip apart balls :-). I think thats the whole idea about introducing kids to sports, build a mind and a body that can take on whatever challenges life throws at them, head on, all their life. In the process if they end up as Federer or Nadal, thats the added bonus :-)

tennis5 02-07-2013 07:47 PM

Wow, that is one cute kid!!!
If you asked me 13 years ago, I would have said that he should be in the movies.....

chalkflewup 02-07-2013 09:48 PM

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Originally Posted by gplracer (Post 7198760)
He had a real big vocabulary at a young age. He did not want to do weekly lessons and clinics until 4th grade.Tennis was never easy for him, but he has never given up. (proud dad) Each year he has done better than the previous until he got in the 16s. He has struggled this last year and lost a lot of confidence. He is one of those players who has been ranked in the 50s or 60s in our state. We live in Georgia and tennis is tough here. I think part of the problem is that it is so much easier for the younger brother....

It's great that you shared his story here. Thanks! And I think it's fantastic that he has never given up. He'll get through the 16s.

Chemist 02-08-2013 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by gplracer (Post 7198760)
He had a real big vocabulary at a young age. He did not want to do weekly lessons and clinics until 4th grade.Tennis was never easy for him, but he has never given up. (proud dad) Each year he has done better than the previous until he got in the 16s. He has struggled this last year and lost a lot of confidence. He is one of those players who has been ranked in the 50s or 60s in our state. We live in Georgia and tennis is tough here. I think part of the problem is that it is so much easier for the younger brother....

He loved to play tennis when he was 3... he still loves to train and compete... he will continue to swing his racket as hard as he can, year after year:) You should be congratulated for making tennis a passion for both of your boys!:)

TCF 02-10-2013 04:59 AM

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gplracer 02-10-2013 06:34 AM

Thanks folks, we are heading to a tournament next weekend. He just got back from a high school tournament last night.

drfrankfree 02-11-2013 06:51 AM

gpl, that is awesome! We are so lucky to have this experience to share with our kids. We are from Georgia as well, and I will tell you that while our tennis is tough here, it carries alot of weight at the next level. Coach after coach told my son on recruiting visits and phone calls that they LOVE Georgia kids because they play such consistently good competition. Good luck!

Number1Coach 02-11-2013 07:15 AM

AWESOME Thanx for sharing and yes as the Jr ride is coming to a close it tends to be heartbreaking but once again thanx for sharing one of the best videos on TW ever !

gplracer 02-11-2013 01:42 PM

<-------- proud dad


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