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Wilson Featured Player - Grant Stuckey
Wilson Featured Player - Jeffrey DeWald
Wilson Featured Player - Jeffrey Dayton
Wilson Featured Player - Grant Stuckey Working Hard for Fun - Grant Stuckey Grant Stuckey has been playing tennis almost all his life, and for the 8th grader, that's a long time. Now, with a recent ranking of # 1 in North Carolina in Boys 12, he can pause to take a look back at his road to success. "I started playing with my dad at age three," the teenager from Charlotte, NC explains.  As he learned more about the game, Grant discovered that he liked to compete and that tennis gave him a way to do this, as well as to travel and make new friends from different places.
Wilson Featured Player - Jeffrey DeWald Fun and Hard Work Make for More…Fun! - Jeffrey Dewald Jeffrey Dewald began playing tennis when he was just three years old.  His parents loved the game, and wanted to pass that enjoyment on to him, by creating a sense of fun. "My parents would take me to catch and throw the balls on the tennis court," Jeffrey says. "When I could hold a racquet, I started volleying the balls and letting my dogs retrieve them." Jeffrey's parents had a good read on their son's personality.  Ranked in the top 10 for Boys 12 and under in the Southern Section, Jeffrey maintains an enthusiasm and excitement for the game.
Wilson Featured Player - Jeffrey Dayton Scholar Athlete—Jeffrey Dayton How does a kid excel at being a student as well as an athlete?  Jeffrey Dayton knows that it starts as much in the classroom as it does on the tennis court.  The 8th grader from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina understands how setting goals, practicing what he's learned and working hard to improve his skills are useful in both his schoolwork and in his tennis game.  And that knowledge has helped Jeffrey maintain a straight A average, be named Student of the Year at his school as well as rank #2 in his division of Boys 14s. This experience is good preparation to get Jeffrey to his long-term goals: first to play for an Ivy League school, then to become a professional tennis player.  Fortunately, Jeffrey also enjoys playing the game.
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Working Hard for Fun - Grant Stuckey

Grant Stuckey has been playing tennis almost all his life, and for the 8th grader, that's a long time. Now, with a recent ranking of # 1 in North Carolina in Boys 12, he can pause to take a look back at his road to success.

"I started playing with my dad at age three," the teenager from Charlotte, NC explains.  As he learned more about the game, Grant discovered that he liked to compete and that tennis gave him a way to do this, as well as to travel and make new friends from different places.

Training in Charlotte at the John Sadri Tennis Academy as well as with Robby Edge at Topspin Tennis Academy, Grant learned early that discipline was necessary in order to improve his game.

"I practice every day for two hours," he says.  "Practice, practice practice," he emphasizes.

Grant knows that in addition to increasing consistency, he also has to improve his skills.  That's why, three years ago, he changed his forehand grip to give him more power.  In addition, Grant also has had to learn patience, like when he broke the finger on his dominant left hand, and had to wear a splint while it recovered.

State: NC
Dist. Rank: 2
Sectl Rank: 25
Natl Rank: 255

Although tennis is Grant's main love, he enjoys other sports as well, such as football (that's where the broken finger occurred!), basketball and tubing.

Ultimately, Grant says, he'd like to go to college on a tennis scholarship and eventually become an orthodontist.  Grant says that he appreciates his father for training him and his mother for driving him to tournaments and practices. It's not always easy, Grant says, but it's worth it.

"Hard work does pay off," he confirms.

Grant's Favorites

Favorite pre-game meal: Past
Favorite post game drink: Gatorade
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2
Favorite pro player: Roger Federer
Favorite vacation: London, England-- Wimbledon

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 14:29
 
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