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Danielle VinesDanielle Vines has learned many life lessons at the tender age of 11 that have come from playing tennis.

She's learned patience. Last year, when she jammed her wrist playing basketball, she had to take a month off. Not an easy thing for a kid who rarely sits still, but she did what needed to be done in order to return to the game she loved.

She's learned variety. In addition to tennis and basketball, she also has played baseball and soccer, and currently runs track for her middle school. She's learned about adding variety in her game of tennis too.

"It has allowed me to change my game mid-match more easily," Danielle says. "I started out just attacking with solid ground strokes, but now I can adjust to different styles."

She's learned about toughing it out, like this past May when she was playing at theAge : (Rank G12s)
State : TN
State Rank : 2
Sect'l Rank : 2
Nat'l Rank : 51
Bullfrog USTA Southern Section Designation in Hilton Head. "I struggled with back spasms," she admits. "Probably related to running track."

Fortunately for Danielle, with help from the trainer and a massage therapist, she was able to continue playing, and eventually she won the Girls 12 and Under division.

No doubt her enthusiasm and commitment have a lot to do with her positive results. "I am prepared to work hard to get better and to get as good as I possibly can," she says.

And that means practicing nearly every day with her coach, Steve Brooks at Tri Cities Tennis Academy and doing off court training—and that's in addition to training for track (psst—she runs the mile in 6 minutes 11 seconds!).

“I struggled with back spasms," she admits. "Probably related to running track.”Although Danielle is athletic, she is still a beginner in the world of tennis. Both parents are recreational players, and when Steve Brooks saw Danielle at the age of nine and a half, he offered to give her lessons.

"I started playing a little later than most players, so at 11, I am still a newcomer," she explains. " I like the individual sport aspect," she says. "And all of my athletic skills translate to tennis perfectly."

Eventually, she would like to play for a Division 1 college, like nearby Vanderbilt University, but ultimately sees schoolwork as being the key to her desired career as an orthodontist.

In the meantime, Danielle is excited to see where tennis will take her.

"It is a lot of fun to me. I like to challenge myself to learn new shots and use my athletic skills. I like to travel and see new places. I like to meet tennis friends at all of the tournaments I travel to."

And, with the enthusiasm of an eleven-year-old, she sums it up: "Tennis rocks!"


Here are some interesting facts about Danielle:

* Ranking as of July 27th 2010

Danielle's Favorites
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Favorite Book: Twilight
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber
Favorite Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic
Favorite Pregame/Post Match Treat: Spaghetti & Milkshakes
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:50
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