Herald Tribune Article on Sarasota Tennis Players

January 18, 2016

Thanks so much Mic Huber, for mentioning me in my Nationals tournament in Arizona.


Area tennis tournaments about to heat up

Juniors update

Nikki Yanez overcame an injury to have a successful tournament and Andrew Salu almost made history as a couple of Sarasota junior tennis players made the trek to Arizona to compete in the 12-under Winter Nationals in near Tucson.

Yanez, who won a national tournament last year, debated playing the Winter Nationals as she recovered from a knee injury she suffered while competing at the Orange Bowl tournament in December.

“I am glad I went,” Yanez, 12, said. “It was my third national and first away from the East Coast. It was a great overall experience.”

Yanez played seven matches, going 6-1 at the event. She reached the fourth round in the main draw and, as a consolation, won the Silver bracket.

“What I learned from my loss was invaluable,” she said about losing in a third-set tiebreaker. “We made a few changes and I played my best matches at the end.”

Yanez lost just five games combined in her final two matches during the tournament, which was played with temperatures primarily in the mid-30s.

Full Article: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160108/COLUMNIST/160109685/2144/SPORTS?Title=Area-tennis-tournaments-about-to-heat-up&tc=ar

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