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SC Junior Player Featured in Greenville News

October 3, 2006 03:01 PM

Sarah Guzick, maybe it’s not a name you have heard until now, but there’s a good chance you’ll be hearing it a lot more in the future. According to a recent article in the Greenville News, Sarah, a native of Greer, is a rising star in the world of tennis. At just 15, she is already traveling around the world to compete in tennis tournaments in locals such as France, Barbados and even Morocco. Sarah is formerly ranked number one nationally and, since she’s already such an accomplished US player, she has dedicated herself to raising her international ranking. According to the USTA, in Girl’s 16s singles Sarah is currently ranked #5 in South Carolina, #46 nationally, and the ITF has her at #267 in the world. Those numbers, however, don’t do her justice. Sarah is also ranked in the 18’s division, coming in at #5 in SC, and #73 nationally. Sarah’s coach compares her to the top few junior players in the world, and says that she even surpasses them in some ways.

Bullfrog Cup 2006

Sarah’s talent, however, did not arise in a vacuum. Tennis runs in Sarah’s family, with both parents and her brother, who is also ranked, playing the sport. Sarah, is truly dedicated to the sport, devoting much of her free time to perfecting her game. She practices two hours a day after school, four hours on the weekend and, if she’s prepping for a big tournament, may jump on the courts for an hour or so before school. Her family is very supportive of her, with her mom traveling with her to most events, and her dad taking vacation to come along when he can.

Sarah plays in a couple dozen tournaments a year, and just recently helped the South Carolina Southern Junior Cup team take second place in their division. Scottie Rabb, USTA SC’s Competition Coordinator said she “is so impressed with Sarah. She’s nationally ranked and traveling the national circuit, but she still plays in South Carolina events and for South Carolina teams.” In fact, according to Mrs. Rabb, “Sarah was a leader all weekend at the Southern Junior Championships. Her brother Will, has also been a huge supporter of Junior Tennis. From his high school team, Christ Church, to our team events he has been great. It was a shame he had to miss this year’s event as he was visiting colleges.”

Sarah, and all her family, truly embody what makes tennis great; dedication, passion, and leadership. So, next time you see Sarah on the court, take a moment to appreciate that which she, and many other junior players and their families, bring to the game.