Long overdue tennis wrap up
I was meaning to share a tennis update at the end of May, but with Bammy's visit and then Madeline's recital earlier this month, I never got around to it. So here it goes.
He played 10s green dot in a USTA Super Series with/against his buddy Charlie. He took third for singles and first for doubles with Charlie has his partner. Charlie won for singles. The boys had such a good time playing doubles together.
Caleb also played in a local Grand Prix 11 and up yellow ball.
Madeline helped hand out awards.
He just missed second place by one point, behind his friend Nathan. Then he came home after playing for over two hours and hit the ball some more against the house.
The first weekend in June, Caleb played in the USTA Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships. This is the highest level tournament for 10 and under in Florida. Most of the kids playing have been doing so for years. A lot of them play up in the 12s during the year but play down in their natural age division for the state championship. The only thing we expected Caleb to do was to get out there and have fun and play hard. And that he did.
He saw his buddy Charlie (they could've passed for doubles partners in their matching colored tennis attire.)
Caleb played so well. He won one match and lost three, two of which were in come-from-behind-third set tiebreakers. We're so proud of his mental toughness. He really enjoyed himself at the tournament and even commented to me recently that he was bummed he had only one more chance to play in the 10s state championships next year.
This past weekend we headed back to the same tennis complex for another USTA 10 and under green dot Super Series. He saw his buddy Charlie, who again took first. Caleb was awarded third place. Both Charlie and Caleb had to get an official for the questionable line calling by another player whose name will remain anonymous. Not cool. At all.
But the biggest highlight of the day (apart from seeing my sister and her family) was learning that Caleb had been presented the State Championship Sportsmanship Award for boys 10s!!!!!! This is an award that was voted on by fellow players, officials, parents, and spectators at the State Championships earlier this month. He was presented a nice plaque (that I still have to get a photograph of) and given a lot of praise by the tournament staff. He had his whole entourage beaming with pride.
I'm telling ya, tennis isn't just great exercise. It's a wonderful opportunity to build character. Caleb is naturally a bit shy, but he's learned he needs to stand up for himself and get an official when he believes his opponent is making questionable calls. (He actually had to do that in the state championships also.) We're proud of him for sticking up for himself. We're proud of him for maintaining his composure in tough situations. We're proud of him for complementing his opponents on their nice shots. Apparently we're not the only ones who think he's attitude is remarkable. This Sportsmanship Award is hands down his greatest accomplishment to date, far greater than any winner trophy he might have earned so far.
We love you, Caleb, and are so proud of you.
We can't wait to see what your future has in store for you!