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Fun and Hard Work Make for More…Fun! - Jeffrey Dewald

Jeffrey Dewald began playing tennis when he was just three years old.  His parents loved the game, and wanted to pass that enjoyment on to him, by creating a sense of fun.

"My parents would take me to catch and throw the balls on the tennis court," Jeffrey says. "When I could hold a racquet, I started volleying the balls and letting my dogs retrieve them."

Jeffrey's parents had a good read on their son's personality.  Ranked in the top 10 for Boys 12 and under in the Southern Section, Jeffrey maintains an enthusiasm and excitement for the game.

"I like the competitive nature of tennis," he says.  "Chasing a yellow ball around the court is fun!"

But Jeffrey says that he combines the fun with hard work in order to get better.  Practicing six days a week for two to two and a half hours a day is part of his plan to play college tennis.  At 4'11 and 68 pounds, Jeffrey would love to grow a little, but in the meantime, he is working with coach Andy Veal on improving his game through shot selection, control and a kick serve.

It may be a lot of work, he says, but that's what's needed to get him to his goal.

It's not always easy and he has had setbacks, he admits.  Last fall, for example, he broke his toe playing pick-up football at school and ended up missing the Fall Southern Closed Championship.

"Losing opportunities for points hurts when you are sitting at home recovering," he says.  Still, he realizes he is fortunate to have the opportunities he does.  Not too far from his mind is the serious challenge facing another promising junior player from his club, who is battling cancer.

State: TN
Dist. Rank: 2
Sectl Rank: 11
Natl Rank: 191

"I just want to give a shout out to Sean Karl, a great tennis player from Wildwood Tennis. Fight on!" Jeffrey says.

When Jeffrey isn't playing tennis, you can find him in the woods of Tennessee and surrounding states, riding his motocross bike with his dad and his brother.  But more likely, you'll see him working on his tennis game.

Jeffrey's Favorites

Favorite meal: Firehouse subs (Hook and Ladder—no mustard, no onions, with a cookie)
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Macaroni and Cheese
Favorite movie:Elf
Favorite player: Brian Baker

Last Updated on Monday, 15 April 2013 18:12
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