I never want to sound like I'm bragging over here on my blog...but I also use this space to record things I always want to remember. And I definitely want to remember this weekend. So, if you'll excuse me....
Brady's weekend was filled with tennis highs.
He was in a tournament in Hershey on Friday night. He plays in the 12 & under category. He could play in the 10 & under group that plays on a smaller court and uses special tennis balls (that make it easier for younger kids to keep the ball in play)...but he has never played in this group and doesn't want to. Instead he plays kids that are usually 11 & 12.
Brady won his first match on Friday 6-1, 6-0. This was a first! He has never won a first round before! He was advancing on to the next round!
Later that night he played again. He lost the first set 3-6 and then won the second set 6-0. The match would be determined by a tie break. Eric and I were so nervous for him! Brady knew if he won this match, he would advance to the finals. This is something he has dreamed about for the last few years. The first player to 10 wins. Brady won 10-3.
The final was played on Saturday morning. He wasn't nervous at all on the drive back up to Hershey. I think he felt like he had already won. It was a great match. The boy Brady played was a left hander and in the 6th grade...and he said some very kind words to Brady after the match. Brady lost 3-6, 3-6.
But most importantly, Brady won his 1st trophy!!
He was so excited about it! If he never does another thing in his tennis career...at least he got a trophy! I think he feels like he has made it!
On Sunday, Brady had his first team tennis match of the season.
The league is for 6th, 7th & 8th graders....and maybe one 3rd grader! :) There's 3 boys and 3 girls on each team.
It's fun a league. Everyone gets a chance to play singles and mixed doubles. I love the "team" part of it since tennis is such an individual sport. The match rules are easy. The first player/ doubles to win 6 games is the winner.
Brady's first match was mixed doubles. He and his partner won 6-0.
His 2nd match was also mixed doubles and they won 6-0.
Brady's last match was singles. I was a little nervous for him...I had watched all the other players on the other team and I saw Brady was going to be playing their best player. It's funny though, Brady never seems nervous...he goes out and plays the same regardless of who he's up against. I don't think this is something you're taught. This confidence definitely doesn't hurt him though! He went out and beat the other boy 6-0. The boy didn't win one game.
As you know, we have never put our emphasis on winning and neither has Brady. I knew someday Brady would start to have some success...I just didn't expect it to happen this soon.
We're so proud of him. He has always had to play 'up' in the competition and lost more matches than he has ever won. It's fun to see him turn the corner. He didn't give up. He puts the time in. He works really really hard....harder than anyone would ever believe. We tried to tell him last night how proud we are of him...but he doesn't really want to hear it. He's thinking about his next tournament next weekend...the one he has looked forward to for almost a year now!
Have a great week my friends!