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Bennett Bounces To 4-0 Win At Teaver Tennis Tournament

Bennett Bounces To 4-0 Win  At Teaver Tennis Tournament

Bennett Bounces To 4-0 Win At Teaver Tennis Tournament

The sun was out and so were the tennis players.

Chloe Greer and Brandon Bennett were wide awake and on the court on Saturday morning at the Patti Teaver/ Charter Bank Tournament in LaGrange. Both Greer and Bennett are nine years old. They did serve up some entertaining tennis in a oneset match, which was won by Bennett, 4-0.

“I have a lot of experience, and I swing hard. I have a (good) dropshot, and I need to work on my backhand. But I want to win. I’ve been playing tennis since I was four. I have a tennis lesson every week,” said Bennett. “This is a fun game.”

Greer agrees with Bennett.

“It’s good to play one sport, and tennis is good exercise. I’m kind of mediocre, but you do need good sportsmanship and a good serve. And you don’t have to win every point,” said Greer.

Nine-year-old Kenzie Smith would prefer doing that, however. Smith played some tournament tennis against 8-year-old Prem Kamat. He recorded a 4-0 win over the hard-playing Smith.

“I’m agile, and I move a lot. I hit the ball hard, and I retrieve early. I’m always hitting great shots,” said Kamat.

He has some tennis confidence and some skills.

“I’m hitting some good dropshots. I hit the ball higher. Tennis is competitive, and it’s fun,” said Kamat.

For his effort he won a trophy at the tournament at the Ann & Doc McCluskey Tennis Center. Annie Pauley played some competitive tennis, too. Pauley finished second in her age division after going 2-2-1 in the tournament.

Pauley’s last win was 5-1 over Olivia Sato on Saturday morning. Sato is 11 years old, and Pauley is 12.

“I’m pretty good, but Annie has been playing (tennis) a lot longer than I have. I need to work on my volleys and backhands. It was fun playing in the tournament,” said Sato.

Pauley, her opponent, takes the philosophical approach to the game.

“You either win or you don’t. I’ve been playing tennis since I was really little. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’m a 9. I’ve got some topspin, and I’m very competitive,” said Pauley. “Tennis helps me relax and channel my anger.”

Annie Pauley plays to win, and she is getting to know the game of tennis.

Troup County tennis icon Buddy Loyd was honored on Saturday afternoon in LaGrange. Loyd had a shade canopy dedicated in his honor at the Ann & Doc McCluskey Tennis Center. Loyd has played tennis for almost 70 years.

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Chris Fernsler Sports Writer

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