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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday Special HvraldZeitung April 8A Academy builds players T 4L wentyfour tanned teenagers scattered to folding chairs and the polished tile A coach in a rumpled cap took his place behind a steel and his was the only voice heard in the He began to talk about the days about specific skills to be He waved a pencil in his left hand as he spoke made his and sent the group on its From first the two dozen could have been members of a high school baseball or a basketball But when they took up their rackets and started to walk by Sally it became apparent that this was no average high school This is and hes from she introducing a tanned This is Don from and Luis from she nodding to a ruddyfaced teenager in a light tennis shirt and blue then a quiet darkhaired And this is from Schwartz added as a wiry 16year old joined the whose real name is With a baseball cap subsituted for his he could have passed for a second But baseball is a strange game with hard horsehide balls and aluminum clubs to most of the members of Newks Competitive Edge Tennis Their game is six or seven days a nine months at a Chris Brown hits an overhead during Wednesdays workout ere not in the business of turning out 14yearold John McEnroes said whose title is educational and ad ministrative supervisor for We want these kids to work hard here in high earn a go to college and get a good With this training and four good years of training in they can then decide if they want to become The fouryearold program already has a topflight record of placing players in Every player who has graduated has earned at least a partial tennis and some reached even One Beverly is the 1ranked womens player in the NCAA as a freshman at the University of Gretchen Rush is the 1 player on a powerful Trinity University Dick Stockton plays on the mens professional The academys as the commercial come the old fashioned way with After taking five classes at New Braunfels High the athletes ranging from two dozen to as many as depending on the time of year return to the academy and meet with tennis director Roger the man in the rumpled He briefs them on the days makes a few an nouncements Wednesday was going to be haircut day and sends them out to eight of the camps omnipresent tennis For the first two Tyzzer and his four assistants conduct drills on specific For another specific point situations are After oneonone and twoonone competition puts the skills to And after all 40 minutes of conditioning Rubberlegged Dinner and the accompanying sparks from flying then study They dont nave the kind of freedom of regular said one of Newcombes Australians still at the Theyre here because theyre striving for What do you do he asked You cry over he answered with a After some you get used to When youre more than miles from you can be philosophical like The academys worldwide reputation has drawn the best junior players from all over the including the wiry who spent last summer touring the European junior circuit by In the last four teenagers from Australia to Spain to Thailand have come to the cedarlined hills to grind their skills to the finest to become the best they can be during the soppingsweaty days of the Central Texas springs and falls and the chilly days of At the same Tyzzer said the academy staff tries to give the group a family atmosphere and at least a taste of a normal teenage Some of these well have here from age 15 to he dont want them to look back in a few years and think I wasted all my high school years at some tennis They go to football and basketball games at the high and can date when their schedule permits and when their dates parents Academy rules prohibit personal cars one of our most popular Schwartz Schwartz and the five coaches become foster parents to the counseling them on grades and personal problems and taking them to Tennis Association tour naments around the state on They get to where theyre very close to each Schwartz of the hardest things for them to do is play each Not the players stick together at Were ail especially said Don the And when theres somebody we all sit Especially on I I metimes you get the was n the last few the Competitive Edge players seem to have gotten an edge on the states junior Jesus Rojo from who is in his fourth year in the has won two tournaments and finished See Page 12A Meenafshisundaram strokes a backhand Tommy Alfano left and Mike Chambers take a break Story by David King Photos by Deryl Clark
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