ELM GROVE — Bella Marquart comes to Western Racquet in Elm Grove, for specific growth.
"I think my serve has improved... obviously I'm not super tall. So I've been working on really trying to have a better serve. And I think my overall movement and athletic ability has improved," Marquart says.
Recently Bella made an educational change, just to put added emphasis on her tennis.
"This year she's actually doing online schooling...so it's really, you know, kind of a new thing for her. Spending a lot more time on the court, and in the gym. Really working on her game. She too has been on the radar screen of the USTA player development folks down at Lake Nona," Western Racquet Club General Manager Timon Corwin says.
TODAY'S TMJ4 Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan asks "how has the transition been for you, and just how do you go about getting your schoolwork done?"
"Usually I do schoolwork in the early mornings or afternoon when I'm done with tennis. And then, just a lot more flexible for me to have my lessons and travel and do all of that," Marquart says.
But the results are still the same. Impressive.
"I mean, I have all A's. It's pretty easy to keep up," Marquart says with a laugh.
"You hate to think about it, but you never know...you could roll an ankle or tear a ligament, you know, you're set back for a while. You could always have your education, and I think that's a foundation in their family. It's certainly a foundation here at Western Racquet Club. Studies first, you know. We want tennis to be a lifetime sport," Timon Corwin says.
Marquart practices with another young phenom, Ashley Mats to keep her skills sharp.
"I love hitting with her...because she hits the ball harder than most of the other people that I play do. And it helps me to know what's going to be coming," Matz says.