Jr. Paddle

The Road to a Jr. Nationals Title Part II

By Brian Faig

After winning the 2013 Platform Tennis Junior Nationals, my partner, Will Kleeman, and I were sponsored to participate in the 2013 National Platform Tennis Championships. This was the big time, the  APTA Nationals-  where all the top players converge once a year. It was a thrill.  I realized that this was a real opportunity for me to improve my paddle game not only by playing great competition, but also through watching great players.  I started looking on the APTA website daily in anticipation of the release of the draw.  I was eager to find out who we would play- and whether or not I knew those players. When that day finally came and the draw was posted, I found myself amazed at the depth of the tournament and sympathetic to how tough the draw was for everyone! I saw players that I knew from the New Jersey A League having to play a seed first round! It was hard to imagine that guys who are levels above US were playing guys levels above THEM. It was a bit humbling. It confirmed to me that this tournament was going to be spectacular.

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The Road to a Jr. Nationals Title

By Brian Faig

My journey to winning the 2013 Junior Nationals started five years ago, in 2008. Both of my parents had been playing paddle competitively for a long time. I was 14, a tennis player who wasn’t playing basketball anymore and was facing a long winter. I was lucky enough to get my first instruction from Patty Hogan, national champion, amazing teacher and someone really committed to Junior Paddle. I went to Junior Nationals that first year- where my partner and I were destroyed in the 14 and Under quarterfinals. The next year I was able to get onto a Men’s team and played in the NJMPTL. This was the best thing for me because it forced me to play PADDLE, not tennis on a paddle court. The importance of not missing a screen or an overhead versus hitting drives at 100 mph to guys ready to volley.

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