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A Brand New Racket -- SS tennis two-a-days? Coach goes for stamina

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Four-hour tennis practices in Sulphur Springs?

It would be more likely to see extraterrestials landing on the courthouse square or a Texas snowstorm in August.

Sulphur Springs head tennis coach James Lovett is the man stressing conditioning, all for a good reason, the longterm success of the team.

“We’ve always had the skills. We  can hit ball, we want the stamina to go with the skill,” Lovett said. “What good does it do to have the skill to hit the ball, if you can’t get to the ball? We want to get there.”

The Sulphur Springs coach is encouraged by the 24-26 players showing up for Camp Lovett. They are running and working out for about 90 minutes before even picking up a racket.

“We do lunges, sit-ups, push-ups, conditioning drills and running. That’s all in the first part of the daily workout, we don’t even hit a tennis ball each day until after 10:30 a.m.” Lovett said. “Then we work out until about noon.”

The coach explained that getting to the next level in tennis is an attainable goal for this talented group of players.

“We as a  team which should content for the regional playoffs,” Lovett said. “I want to make sure we’re in shape to make that run. The boys team should make regionals, the girls are improving all the time. This is one of our best teams in years, I want to get the most out of them.”

The camp continues for the two weeks. A tentative match against Terrell is scheduled in late August.




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