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Best of Luck: What Kids Are Wearing at Jr. Team Tennis Nationals

October 22, 2011 02:07 PM
By Katie Timinsky, special to USTA.com

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Throughout the history of amateur and professional sports, athletes have been known to have good luck charms. From Michael Jordan’s college basketball shorts, to Roger Federer’s Tweety Bird, even professional athletes need that little something extra to get them through the day. At this year’s USTA Jr. Team Tennis 14 & Under National Championships, there is certainly no shortage of good luck charms.
 
New England Advanced player, Benjamin Collier, always keeps the same $2 bill in his tennis bag. "It was my Grandfather’s and ever since he gave it to me I have carried it around," he said. "It has always brought me good luck."
 
Kendal Wilby of the Florida Advanced G-Power, keeps a lucky teddy bear in her bag. "My coach gave it to me when I won my first match," Kendal stated. "I’ve had it for about seven years now and it comes with me everywhere I go."
 
The Tornadoes, who represent the Advanced Texas section, seem to be a very superstitious team. Riley Reeves wears a lucky bracelet that has certainly gotten her through some tough times. "I always wear this Livestrong bracelet because it reminds me of my mom," she said. "She successfully battled Cancer and this bracelet reminds me of her courage." 
 
Several other Tornadoes players including Preethi Kasilngam and John Molina rely on good luck charms as well. "This bracelet got me through my toughest match," commented Preethi Kasilngam. John Molina not only has a lucky necklace but dons a pair of lucky pink socks as well. 
 
Kennedy Schmitt of the Southern Intermediate Weddington Racquets, has a lucky hair tie that she wears at all times, both on and off the court. "I always wear this pink hair tie," she said. "If it’s not in my hair it’s on my wrist. I don’t do anything without it."
 
So whether it’s a bracelet, a teddy bear, or a pair of socks, it seems as though many of our 14U Jr. Team Tennis players have a little luck on their side. 
 
 

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