Girls 14-and-under tennis players got a break last week when Emma Navarro turned 15 years old.
Navarro doesn’t plan to play high school tennis.
Navarro has teamed with 14-year-old Chloe Beck of Watkinsville, Ga., in doubles to produce some of the most impressive results in junior tennis since late in 2015.
After winning the girls 14 crown at the prestigious Eddie Herr International Championships in Bradenton, Fla., in December, the Navarro/Beck team won the Easter Bowl’s girls 16 doubles title in April in Palm Springs, Calif.
It’s primarily because the Raptors probably were the best team in all classifications and leagues in the state playing high school tennis this spring.
The Raptors had probably three of the top seven or eight players in the state in all of high school tennis, with Jacob Jahn (14), Sam Kavarana (32) and Earl Navarro (44) ranked among the top 50 boys 16 players in the South.
Waccamaw junior Paul Hendrix, who didn’t play in the state playoffs against Academic Magnet, defeated both Jahn and Kavarana en route to a fourth straight state Class AA-A singles title.
1 boys 16 player and 14th in the nation, did not play in the state singles tournament.
Brenda Carter is fresh from winning her second straight national singles and doubles titles in her first year participating in women’s 70, this time the national hard courts in San Diego.
Women’s senior tennis is flourishing at Charleston Tennis Center, with five teams winning state titles: 55-plus 3.0 and 3.5 teams; and 70-plus 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 teams.