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A Family Affair


ennis is a family affair for Brienne Minor, who started playing tennis 9 years ago, when she was 5. Both of Bri's parents, Kevin and Michelle, played tennis in high school. Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago District USTA and on the Junior Competition Committee for the Midwest USTA. Her grandfather played for the Purdue University Men's Team and her cousin currently plays for the Ball State Women's Team.

At 14, Brienne has already accumulated a very impressive record of her own, particularly in the past year. Bri has consistently won or placed in either the Main Draw or Consolation Finals of nearly every Sectional and National tournament she has played, including one of her most impressive wins, the Gold Ball for doubles with Zoe Spence at the 2011 Winter Nationals.

In 14s Zone Team Championships, she won every match playing in Position #1 for her team, and she won the July National Regional Tournament Segment in Wisconsin for G16s, as well as the Chicago District Qualifier for the 14s, the Wisconsin Indoor 14s, and the Wilson Championships for 16s. She also had an impressive first year on the Carmel High School Varsity Team, contributing three wins at the State Finals

Section: Midwest District
Age: 14s/16s
Rank: 1/3
Sect’l Rank: 2/7
Nat’l Rank: 24/163

Bri trains at Glenview Tennis Club with Mark Bey, who also coached both of her older sisters.  A typical week for her includes group drills 3-5 days a week and a private lesson a week.  She does off-court training 1-2 times a week with Suzi Sullivan and Mindee Epstein.

Bri has 2 older sisters, Kristina, 22, and Jasmine, 18.  Kristina played for the Univeristy of Illinois, was an Academic All-American, and 3-time Fighting Illini award winner. A Blue Chip recruit, Jasmine was the 2010 Illinois High School State Singles Champion for Carmel High School, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.  In 2011, Jasmine was awarded the prestigious Chicago District & Midwest Helen Shockley Girl’s Player of the Year award.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carmel Catholic High School and is currently playing on the Georgia Tech Women’s tennis team.

It’s no doubt, her family has had a great influence on her.  Bri says of her sisters, “they’ve taught me how to be a great tennis player and great academic student at the same time.  I’ve also learned how to be competitive and have good sportsmanship at the same time, by watching so many of my sisters’ matches over the years. “ Bri says her immediate goals are to become a top 16s National player and win an Illinois State High School Championship.

Bri reflected a moment on her favorite tournament memories to date, saying that “winning the Wilson (formerly K-Swiss) tournament was a highlight.  Watching my sisters play that tournament with years of tradition , it was great winning one of the last ones.  Also winning the Gold Ball in Doubles with my partner, Zoe Spence.”

When she’s not playing tennis or studying, Bri enjoys going to movies, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing Guitar Hero.  A little known fact about Bri is that she has a great English accent...fancy that!  Brienne Minor will surely be one of the Midwest Players to Watch for many years to come! And the family has made more than a “Minor” impact on junior tennis here in the Midwest!


Brienne's Favorites Favorite Food: Steak
Guilty Crave: Chocolate Cake
Favorite Movie: likes many, still loves Disney movies
Favorite Singer: Christina Aguilera
Favorite Actor: Bradley Cooper
Favorite Player: Kim Clijsters
Who inspires you most: My sisters
Last Updated on Friday, 02 March 2012 19:50
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