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spencerbrownB Joy and Focus on the Court

Spencer Brown was just three years old when, watching his older brother in a clinic, Spencer realized he wanted to play too. He decided to try tennis and nine years later, he still hasn't put his racket down. Just selected as the 2011-2012 USTA South Carolina Junior "Player of the Year," Spencer has enjoyed a meteoric rise, increasing his national ranking (B12) this year from a respectable #186 to a very impressive #12. How does he do it? Lots of practice, Spencer admits. It also helps that he has an inherent enjoyment of the game.

"I love the way it feels when my racket makes contact with the ball. I like playing in front of people, and I like the strategy it takes to win a match," he says.

State : SC
Dist. Rank : 6
Sectl Rank : 33
Natl Rank : 404

Practicing five days a week may sometimes interfere with Spencer's other sports of basketball, football and swimming, but the 7th grader has an internal drive that keeps him focused on his goal.

"I want to win a national title by the time I turn 18 and I want to play tennis for a top college team," he says.

"I love the way it feels when my racket hits the ball" To that end, he is making an adjustment to his forehand grip and his serve and is working on enhancing his physical conditioning. One of his philosophies is to practice even harder after a loss.

But Spencer's drive to excel doesn't take away his joyfulness in playing the game. While he is happy to see good results from his hard work, he also looks forward to playing doubles with friends at tournaments and having fun.

Longtime coaches Carl Hocker and Cornelius Jordan have worked with Spencer at the Country Club at Spartanburg since he was six. In typical Spencer fashion, while he very professionally credits them with his tennis success, but he also can't help adding: "They are also fun to hang out with."

Spencer's FavoritesFavorite Pre Game Meal: Sandwich
Favorite P
layer: Rafa Nadal
Favorite Actor:
Tyler Perry
Favorite Food: Dessert
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 February 2012 18:47
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