|Moore hoping to ride tennis racket all the way to Europe|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
August 14, 2004 - Sulphur Springs' Cody Moore is hoping he can ride his tennis racket all the way to Europe.
Moore, who will be a senior at Sulphur Springs High School when classes begin Monday, has been invited to a Junior Wimbledon try-out camp run by former professional tennis player John Newcombe in New Braunfels.
If he is one of a dozen athletes selected, he will travel to London to spend a week watching Wimbledon, the premiere tennis tournament in the world, and live at Newcombe's home there before embarking to play in a tour of western European tournaments.
He qualified for the try-out camp in December after he and teammate Ryan Thompson attended Newcombe's camp this summer.
"We both played and went to the camp," said Moore, who won three spring tournaments for SSHS last year. "There were probably 200 campers, and only two get picked for a scholarship to come back to the winter session of the camp and try out for the touring team overseas.
"To get picked would be amazing. That would be a life dream, definitely."
Moore began playing tennis in middle school, and turned serious about it about four years ago, when he began playing tournaments. He is currently beginning the high school fall team tennis season as well as playing ZAP tournaments around North Texas.
But, the opportunity to watch Wimbledon and play tournaments in Scotland, Ireland and other European countries would be the highlight of his blossoming tennis career.
"It's going to be awesome if I get picked," he said. "It's based basically on tryouts. They'll look at the basic strokes and serving. They'll put you in singles and doubles to see what you do best. I'm just going to try to compete as well as I can."
He was one of a couple of dozen SSHS tennis players who completed the pre-school workouts in preparation for the team tennis season, which begins Aug. 24.
Coach Susan Reynolds finished the practices by having try-outs this week where every boy played every other boy, and each girl played every other girl. She was compiling the win-loss results to take the top eight for the varsity team.
"We've had an awesome turnout," coach Reynolds said. "The heat was bad, but the kids have been determined and it's been awesome. The kids have been great.
"We've been working on drills and a lot of conditioning to get them back in shape. I've got so many guys who are good it's going to be quite a race to see who will make varsity for the guys. The girls, the top ones are pretty well set, then it levels off, so it's going to be close to see who gets those final varsity spots. There's a lot of talent."
She said the players seem to enjoy the fall tennis concept because it's more of a team effort.
"It's more of team thing, not so much individual. They really like it. When a team gets to 10, of course they win, so they get pumped up," she explained.
"We've bee working on conditioning a lot, getting in shape. They've played a lot of matches. We're going to be working on a lot of fundamentals next week when we get to class."