MBHS Student Wins State Tennis Tournament

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Pippa Roy, a 16-year-old rising junior at Mountain Brook High School, recently won the Alabama State Closed Tennis Tournament for 18-year-old girls in Montgomery, beating Ava Rath of Tuscaloosa 6-2 and 6 -3 in the final.

For the past two years, Roy has won the high school state championship at No. 1 in singles and doubles for the Spartans and was recently honored by the Alabama Tennis Association as Junior Female Player of the Year. .

When asked what she thought of the ATA award, Roy said she was thrilled to receive it.

“It’s a great honor and it has motivated me to keep working hard and doing my best,” she said. “Tennis can be a lonely sport, and I’m lucky to have a great group of family and friends who support my tennis journey. They’ve helped me get this far.”

While Roy has focused on tennis in recent years, she tried many other things when she was younger, including dancing, soccer, gymnastics, karate and swimming. She said she chose tennis because it made her happy and she had the most fun playing it.

“I’m never bored. There’s always something different to work on, and it’s a year-round sport,” she said. tennis – singles, doubles, individual and team. I always meet new friends and play on different surfaces.

Roy is coached by her mother, a retired kinesiology teacher and the coach she has spent the most time with on the court.

“She applies her knowledge of sport and exercise science to my training and has a lot of patience. She brings out the best in me,” Roy said. “She played tennis on a scholarship to the University of Alabama, so she understands the challenges of balancing school, tennis and social life, and modifies my workouts as needed.”

Roy said his tennis highlight of the summer was being selected to play in the Hard Court 18-Year-Old Junior Nationals in San Diego.

“It’s the first time I’ve qualified for this event,” she said. “It’s special because the winner gets a wild card in the US Open main draw at Flushing Meadows. I’m thrilled to compete for a place to play in a Grand Slam against the best players in the world!”

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