13-year-old Betsey Sawyer an 8th grade student at St. John high school has hit the "Bull Frog Junior Super Tennis Circuit" facing the best young players in the 9 Southern states region. Two weeks ago Betsey shared the Girls' 14 Challenger championship in a field of 32.
Instead of playing high school tennis, Betsey decided it was best to compete on a regional scale, presently ranked 83rd in the Southern Rankings in her age group. Betsey says, "I was number one in the state in 10's and decided to go to another level and try something new. I wanted to bring my game to another level."
Betsey has a strong appetite to improve her game... craving to be the best and it takes total dedication to get there. She trains at Gulfport's Bayou Bluff under Nick Barone and at the Gulfport Racquet Club under Toby Fasth. Toby says she can go a long way, "Great potential. She's very strong mentally. She knows how to fight and she knows how to win and that's her biggest asset."
Betsey has a long term goal, one that could lead her talents on the professional tennis courts. She says, "I would really like to go all the way with it, become a professional. I've been thinking about that for awhile." Betsey Sawyer has a long road up ahead. So far.. she riding along at a consistent rate.. winning and gaining confidence.