Youths get taste of tennis at Club Sierra tourney |

Youths get taste of tennis at Club Sierra tourney

Macy Wood, left, champion of the girl’s singles 14-and-under round robin event, with runner up Stacie Bernasconi at the Club Sierra Fall Junior Tennis Tournament.
Photo submitted by Cheryl Rubin |

Local youngsters ages 16-and-under experienced the joy of tennis in the recent Junior Tennis Tournament at Club Sierra Sports & Fitness, with nearly all playing in their first tournament.

Players as young as 9 and 10 years of age participated in the tournament. Results from the round robin events are: boy’s singles 16-and-under champion Joey Cressa, runner up Hayden Moore; girl’s singles 14-and-under champion Macy Wood, runner up Stacie Bernasconi; and boy’s singles 14-and-under champion Damian Christen, runner up Weston Prosser.

“It’s great to see kids in our community have fun while learning to compete, solve problems and win or lose graciously,” said Cheryl Rubin, a certified tennis instructor at Club Sierra, who organized the event.

“The neat part of tennis is not the finality of the match, it’s the journey that gets you there.” Professional tennis players all start young and play in junior tennis tournaments that help make them who they are today,” said Greg Cicatelli, tennis director at Club Sierra.

“Kids often get lost in the results, which aren’t as important as the journey,” he added.

Winners of each event received a large candy bag and chocolate tennis racquet from Lazy Dog Chocolateria, which donated some of the prizes. Refreshment discounts were provided by Bubba’s Bagels. Proceeds from this tournament will benefit Women of Worth.

“Special thanks also go out to everyone at Club Sierra who helped put on such a great event,” said Rubin, who is running fall clinics for juniors. For more information, contact her at 530-210-9913.

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