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Sectional PlayKIND Award winners 2015

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August 20, 2015 12:33 PM

Meet the 2015 USTA Intermountain Summer Closed Championship Play KIND Award winners. The award, presented by USTA Colorado official snack partner KIND, invites players to practice good sportsmanship. Both players received a KIND Prize Pack in recognition of their awards. 

 

Vinay Merchant (Colorado)

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What do you love about tennis?

The thing I love the most about tennis is how social it is. I have made so many great friends. What does playing KIND mean? Playing KIND on and off the court is a major expectation I have for myself. I always want to perform my best, but it’s not worth performing when I sacrifice my composure for a win.

Why is playing KIND important?

Playing KIND gives you a certain respect on and off the court. Life skills learned from tennis: Tennis has given me the ability to be independent and react under pressure. I know it also has given me the ability to learn and grow.

What would you tell young players about playing KIND?

I encourage younger players to have fun and make as many friends as they can. But most of all, don't be afraid to compete and give 100% in practice and everything you do.

 

Julia Fenn (Wyoming)

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What do you love about tennis?

Tennis is a fast paced chess game that involves quick and smart shots in trying to overcome one’s opponents.

What does playing KIND mean?

RESPECT!! No matter the skill level of your opponent, she needs to be treated with value. Playing KIND also means that it’s important to take time to hit with younger players.

Why is playing KIND important?

It raises the level of play for the players, spectators, officials and coaches. I want to be the best person I can be on and off the court. Playing KIND helps me win graciously and lose with honor. Life skills learned from tennis: I’ve learned how to manage adversity and work with different people. Tennis has helped me control pressure. The physical, mental and emotional stress of tennis causes me to be patient and calm when dealing with pressure as it does with my school work.

What would you tell young players about playing KIND?

Tennis is more fun when you and your opponent respect each other. You can achieve this by playing KIND. 

 

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