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Local tennis coach helps young kids pursue their dreams
Why tennis is such a tough sport, and how the competition starts at a very young age. Video by tmj4.comvideo
BROOKFIELD - The best tennis players in the world were just in London a few weeks ago for Wimbledon. Now, they return for the Olympics.
Meanwhile, back at home at Elite Sports Club in Brookfield, young tennis players continue to build their skills.
With a mean forehand, and an intensity beyond his 11 years, you know Anand Saluja has something special. His coach Randy Stolpe agrees. "He's always been a little different. We were talking about that 'it' thing--he just strives to be the best he can be."
Stolpe was a tennis pro for years, but he's found the most joy in coaching kids like Anand.
Randy cares about each of his students, but he's realistic about the competitive nature of the sport.
"The top kids in the Midwest section, you're talking only 4 or 5 of those that are probably even thinking about potentially being a pro," Stolpe admits.
Kids like Anand--who just won a the Midwest Open Championship, 12 and Under! It took a lot of work.
"I train conditionally, I train in the fitness room and work on strengthening and stuff," Anand says.
His idol is Roger Federer--who recently won Wimbledon.
"He's great, and he's a gentleman on the court--I try to teach the kids that part too," Randy says.
While it's nice to win, Emily Horneffer has a simple reason why she plays. "It's just so fun, love to play!"
She has a tip for other young kids who want to give tennis a shot.
"Once you get a good stroke, you need to figure out where to put yourself on the court, which really helps alot," she suggests.