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Wilson Featured Player- Megen Cochran PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Pamela DeLoatch   

Megen CochranFor a kid used to playing multiple sports, it takes a powerful passion to narrow it down to just one. But that’s what happened to Calhoun, Georgia’s Megen Cochran, who used to play basketball, softball, soccer, and run track. After attending a local tennis camp when she was six-years-old, she gradually realized that this sport was the one for her.

“I gave them all up, because of my love and passion for tennis,” Megen says. Now, the seventh grader who plays both Girls 14 and 16 divisions says she likes the competition, Age : (Rank G14s)
State : GA
State Rank : 6
Sect'l Rank : 14
Nat'l Rank : 84
but also enjoys the social aspect of visiting different places and playing against different girls. While it can be challenging playing older girls with more experience, Megen says she enjoys learning something new from each match.

Training four to five days a week at the Stephen Diaz Tennis Academy, she credits her coach, Cannon Campbell with her progress.

“I practice and train hard and listen to my coach,” she says. “Sometimes I have my matches recorded and we go back and watch them.”

Megen’s coach agrees that this strategy is working. “She has a huge forehand,” Cannon Campbell says. “She has lots of fight—more than a lot of kids her age, and she’s very fast and very strong.”

Those assets helped her with her biggest tennis accomplishment to date: this February’s convincing win of the Girls 14 BullFrog USTA Southern “She has lots of fight—more than a lot of kids her age, and she’s very fast and very strong.”Section Designated tournament in Macon, GA when she was still just 13-years-old.

Another one of Megen’s strengths is an ability to balance tennis with the rest of her life. If you ask her how she wants to improve her game, instead of naming a skill, she says that her latest strategies include staying focused and trying to do her best.

Homeschooled for the last two years, Megen has learned how important it is to stay caught up on schoolwork. Although it is sometimes hard, she brings her homework with her to tournaments and works on it between matches. “I have to discipline my self and stay on top of it,” she says.

This could indeed be the key to her success. “She’s able to deal with her success on the court and stay a good kid,” Coach Campbell says.

Although she would love to play tennis professionally, Megan also can see herself playing at a top Division 1 College. She doesn’t take her path for granted, though, and appreciates her parents’ help and support.

Here are some interesting facts about Megen:

* Ranking as of June 9th 2010

Megen's Favorites
Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo
Favorite Book: Open, by Andre Agassi
Favorite Vacation: Any Beach
Favorite Color: Lime Green
Favorite Singer: I like them all
Favorite Movie: The Blind Side
Favorite Actor: Sandra Bullock
Favorite Tennis Player: Caroline Wozniacki
Favorite Pregame/Post Match Treat: Bananas and Peanut butter

Story of the unusual spelling of her name: “Yes, It is M-E-G-E-N. My brother, who I am very close to and is older, helped name me. My brother's name is Bogen, so my parents spelled the ending alike. I love my brother and he is very special to me.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 June 2010 11:19
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