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USTA Tennis tournament brings youth to Albany

Thomas Peeler preparing for a match Thomas Peeler preparing for a match
Elizabeth Leveson watching her twin sister with her parents Elizabeth Leveson watching her twin sister with her parents
thomas (blue hat) with his mother and older brother (red shirt) thomas (blue hat) with his mother and older brother (red shirt)
Elizabeth tearing it up on the tennis courts Elizabeth tearing it up on the tennis courts
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Over 200 spectators came out this weekend to watch the youth participate in some entertaining singles and doubles matches.

Tennis is an ageless game. Many parents in South Georgia have their kids start early. 11-year-old Thomas Peeler has matured in a major way, just by picking up a racket and hitting the courts regularly.

"You can always get better, said the Dougherty county resident. You're never usually the best one. If you get down on yourself, you're probably going to do a lot worse."

He played in the tennis tournament at Doublegate country club this weekend. His older brother played this weekend as well. He was pivotal in getting Thomas on the court.

"My brother has been playing tennis for a really long time, said Thomas. "And he told me to. At first I didn't like it. Then I came back onto the court and now I enjoy it."

He wasn't the only participant in the United states tennis association sanctioned tournament who loves the game. 13 -year-old Elizabeth Leveson had home court advantage all weekend.

"I play here maybe three times a week with my coach, coach David," said Elizabeth. "And I jumped at this tournament as soon as I could because I wanted to play in it really bad."

The tournament featured over 80 players with ages ranging from as young as 7 to 18. Elizabeth explained the large turnout.

"It's a good experience to get out here with all your friends, and it never really gets old."

Another thing that doesn't get old, their favorite tennis moves.

"I really like my forehand, said Thomas. "I use that a lot." 

"I like the backhand a lot, said Elizabeth. Because I feel like I'm powerful on that one, and I can angle it off pretty well. I think I'll be able to use that pretty well today."
 

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