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10-year-old has family's help in developing game

Trevor Hubbard may be only 10 years old and may have played tennis for only two years, but that doesn't keep him from thriving on the competition.

In fact, Hubbard loves the competition and improves with every match he plays.

"I think it's fun, and it's exciting to win," he said. "I've won two matches so far and really like it."

Hubbard, along with his parents, Ellan and Dave, and sister, Katrina, all play and are members at Crescent Oaks Tennis in Tarpon Springs. The club, operated by former ATP pro player Paul Kronk, is about 10 minutes from their New Port Richey home.

"I play USTA tournaments," Dave Hubbard said. "My wife, Ellan, played the K-Swiss league last session, and Katie plays in the Seven Springs Middle School tennis club. Trevor is competitive and always has been. He plays the tournaments because he likes to, not because we're telling him to."

Mostly, Hubbard participates in clinics at Crescent Oaks taught be Matt Kleber, although he has taken a few individual lessons. Lately, he has added more fitness training to his workout regimen. "Trevor has been doing more training "Trevor has been doing more training on his own, and I think he sees he needs to become more consistent," Dave Hubbard said. "Every time he plays, he gets a little more experience and gains a little more consistency."

More tournaments are on Hubbard's schedule with hopes of continuing to have fun, winning more and improving.

JUNIORS AT NATIONALS: Marc Spicijaric of Wesley Chapel joins Belleair's George Navas in this week's USTA National Clay Court Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Competition was to have begun last Friday in the USTA National Championships for the boys 18-and-under division in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Area players include: No. 23 seed Brandon Wagner, No. 31 Michael Murray, Aleksey Bubis, Reinaldo Valor and Kyle Nelson. Ryler DeHeart, Sierra Sebring and R.J. Murray were to begin Saturday in the boys 16s.

Sukhwa Young is the top seed in the boys 14s competition staged in San Antonio, Texas, and is joined by local players Konstantin Lazarov, Ryan Buchanan and Patrick Gleason. Stacia Fonseca and Brianna Williams are in Georgia this week competing in the girls 14s national hard court tournament.

JUNIORS AT ZONALS: Fonseca competed with four others on Florida's girls C team that finished second in the USTA Zone Team Championships for players 14 and younger. Florida participated in a round robin format with teams from the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and Texas. Singles, doubles and mixed doubles were played at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

ADULTS TO STATE: Statewide competition begins Friday for five teams from District 12, which includes Pasco, Pinellas and Hernando counties, in the USA Adult League.

One women's team and four men's will battle three other opponents in their respective divisions for the state title and the opportunity to challenge for a national championship.

USA Adult League west regional teams include Safety Harbor Spa's 5.0 women's team and men's teams from Isla Del Sol (5.5), Bardmoor Golf and Tennis (4.0), Racquet Club of St. Petersburg (3.5) and Feather Sound Country Club (3.0).

NATURE COAST LEAGUE: An organizational meeting for captains of teams planning to participate in the Nature Coast Ladies Daylight Tennis League is at 10 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Strings and Things Pro Shop in Brooksville. Rosters and fees are due by Aug. 27.

Individual players looking for a team should call Judy Jeanette at (352) 684-4321.

GIRL SCOUTS RALLY: The Zephyrhills Tennis Association will participate in the upcoming Girl Scouts Jamboree Aug. 21 at Zephyr Park. ZTA president Roy Nyren, Joe McGovern and Ruth Marzolf will coordinate a tennis carnival for the scouts during its day of activities.

ZTA volunteers plan to follow up with a USA 1-2-3 program for the Girl Scouts, who can earn a badge for their involvement. Anyone interested in assisting the ZTA should call Nyren at (813) 783-9309.

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