Athlete of the Week: Brennen Sanders

Brennen Sanders has been playing the game of tennis all of his life. It didn't hurt playing a game that was coached by his father, which ultimately made him better, but there were times along the way his father says it didn't always help either.

Coach Bradley Sanders says, "I think we made peace about a year ago, when I decided, 'Hey, you're just going to do whatever it is you are going to do with tennis.' And this has been his best year. He's playing, doing things and having a mentality I wanted him to have all along. It's been hard on him, being a coach's son and trying to live up to that. I feel sorry for him sometimes."

But Brennen continued to shine through that adversity and had his best season in the purple-and-gold his senior year with a record of 21-1, helping lead the boys team to their 16th straight region championship in a row.

"I just think I am striking the ball really well right now. My feet are working fine, but I have the support of my teammates that give me the confidence to play well," says Brennen.

Off the court, Brennen is getting more love from his father/coach because the competitive attitude continues to shine in the classroom.

"Well, I'm a math teacher and I told him since he was 3 years old that academics come first. He's good, he's 8th in his class, he's in AP Calculus and he has a good SAT score. I'm proud of him," says Coach Sanders.

When Brennen hangs up his racket after the season, he plans to enter the United States Navy, and he says the memories of being a Royal will last him a lifetime.

Brennen says, "I know I had a great time here and I will always cherish it. Not too many people have a chance to play for their dad, so I'm really glad to be placed in this position."

Brennen and teammate AJ Blankenship won their singles. but the Royals lost both doubles and their third single set to Greater Atlanta Christian.


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