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Women's Tennis Association

Grants to help grow tennis in Laurel

Grants to help grow tennis in Laurel

St. Vincent Pallotti High senior Olivia Blackwell began playing tennis when she was 12 years old.

She started at the Fairland Tennis Bubble in west Laurel and is now in her fourth season at the private school. She hopes to continue playing the sport in college.

“I was a little bit late getting started,” said Blackwell, who lives in Beltsville. “There is more skill involved (then some sports). I liked getting better and better.”

“She is very experienced beyond her years,” said first-year tennis coach Dan Martin.

Blackwell is unique in that she never dabbled in other sports as a young girl, while the sport has seen a decline in some areas.

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