Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teen Faces Key Summer in Jr. Career

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Teen Faces Key Summer in Jr. Career

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In the vernacular of junior tennis, getting "triple-crowned" is the worst of all fates. It means a player has lost in the first round of singles in the main draw, the first round of consolation singles and the first round of doubles. It's tennis' version of three strikes and you're out.

Tina Harrison put a different spin on the term earlier this month when she triple-crowned the field at the Dwight Davis Championships. She won titles in singles, women's doubles (with Allison Lisle) and mixed doubles ( with Jake Wilson).

No one in the last 16 years had triple-crowned either the Davis or the other big Muny tournament, the Martin J. Kennedy. In 1980, Lyn DeLaney swept the Kennedy in singles and doubles with partners Pat Ziegenfuss and Larry Klein.

Harrison also is the first woman to successfully defend a Davis singles title since Pat Purcell won four in a row in the mid-1980s.

While the Davis may be the most prestigious local amateur title for adults, it's basically a warm-up tournament for Harrison, who at 17 is facing the most important summer of her junior career. Her college scholarship may be riding on what she does over the next two months, beginning this past week at the Dwight Davis Center with the first leg of the Missouri Valley's national qualifier circuit. She lost in the second round of singles but won the doubles title with Lisle.

Harrison has the credentials to do well on the circuit: a No. 2 Valley ranking in the 14s, No. 5 in the 16s last year, two state championships in doubles at St. Joseph's Academy and a runner-up finish in state singles.

But her tennis journey took a detour this spring when she underwent surgery to remove a growth of tissue that was causing pain in her wrist. The pain had started late last fall, and much to the surprise of her and her coach, Sunset Tennis Center's Doug Smith, it did not subside after a six-week layoff. …

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