From left, Tristan, Kyle and Andrew George will be familiar faces in the junior tennis program this summer. — Star photo by Chris Quigley
Four years ago, the three George brothers decided to take up tennis.
Now, the sport has become as much a part of their summers as barbecues and beaches.
The oldest of the three sons of Corner Brook’s Rodney and Sheri, 14-year-old Kyle was the under-14 singles champion at last year’s Junior Open, so obviously he intends to enter the tournament at the Wellington Street Sports Complex tennis courts again this August.
It all began with his grandfather, Leo Fagan, encouraging Kyle and his brothers — 12-year-old Tristan and 10-year-old Andrew — to take up the game.
“It’s a fun way to stay active and it’s a good sport to play with your friends,” said Kyle. “I just love the game.”
Registered into the Corner Brook Tennis Club’s junior program again this year, he said tennis basically became a habit for him.
“You come down every morning practically through the summer and play through the junior program,” he said. “It’s really fun to improve and see how you get better over the year.
“When I first started, I couldn’t even hit the ball,” he added.
Tristan knew he wanted to wield a racquet too, when his big brother decided to do it.
He said he’s improved on everything — backhands, forehands and serves — since signing up, but it has hardly ever felt like work.
“I find it’s fun even just rallying,” he said. “Just hitting it back and forth.”
Ultimately, his goal is to get as good, or better, than his older brother.
But he admits he’s not there yet.
“He hits it so low that you can’t really hit it,” he said, saying he’s come up short in the times they’ve met on the court.
The youngest, Andrew, was only six years old when he entered the program.
“I didn’t even have a racquet,” he said.
“I just fell in love with it,” he continued. “It’s just amazing to play.”
He too aims to take down his brothers and hopes they meet this summer. Unlike Tristan, Andrew believes he might already be the best of the three.
“If I face one of my brothers, it’s going to be a long match,” he said. “It’ll be really competitive.”
All three brothers count themselves as fans of 13-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, but Kyle said he can’t really model his game after his idol’s.
“I’m not a lefty,” he said. “But I would if I could.”
The junior program will run from June 30-Aug. 15 this year, with the Junior Open slated for the final week of that time period. A Senior Open hasn’t been held the past two years because of a lack of interest, but club president Roger Down said he’s hopeful it can be resurrected this year. A date hasn’t been set at this time.
Registration for the junior program will officially be held June 10-12 from 7-9 p.m. at the Wellington complex club, but will continue throughout the opening weeks of the program.
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