2009-04-16 / Sports

Bronwyne Mellott Shoots For Top Tennis Ranking

Ranked second in the Middle States Central PA District in 2008
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Bronwyne Mellott, 9, sets up for a low backhand swing during a recent Monday practice at The Tennis Club in Zullinger, Pa. Bronwyne Mellott, 9, sets up for a low backhand swing during a recent Monday practice at The Tennis Club in Zullinger, Pa. At the age of nine, a Harrisonville area girl has already managed to achieve high marks in the world of tennis being ranked second in the 2008 USTA Junior G-12 Season in the Middle States Central PA District, which spans the region between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Bronwyne Mellott, youngest daughter of Howard and Karla Mellott, was honored for her achievement during a recent awards banquet held at Hershey Country Club. With the 2008 season barely behind her, the fourthgrader at McConnellsburg Elementary School is already gearing up for this year's season and has established some pretty tough goals for herself.

Among those goals is to capture the top number one ranking in the Middle States Central PA G-12 District and move into the top-10 ranking in the USTA Middle States Section, which includes competitors from the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

Hardly a newcomer to tennis, Bronwyne first picked up a racket around six years ago at the age of four. Her training back then included one-hour weekly group tennis clinics at The Tennis Club in Zullinger for eight weeks.

Mellott's coach Bill Wissinger gives his aspiring tennis star some tennis pointers. Mellott's coach Bill Wissinger gives his aspiring tennis star some tennis pointers. Over the years as she prepared for her emergence into the USTA tourneys, her training regimen has increased and now includes indoor training with Bill Wissinger at The Tennis Club over the winter months and summer training of three days weekly at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown.

Wissinger is the owner and director of The Tennis Club and is a national clinician and certified tester for the Professional Tennis Registry and a USTA high performance coach. Bronwyne also receives additional instruction from Matt Siano, who has logged around 10 years teaching tennis and directs junior programs during the indoor season.

In addition to her practice locally, Bronwyne travels to Boca Raton, Fla., each summer to participate against both boys and girls from across the world at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy. The weeklong camp sets a strict practice agenda of eight hours daily.

In spite of her winning efforts, Bronwyne stated she has both weaknesses and strengths as does any player including her favorite tennis player Serena Williams. Bronwyne indicated among her strengths are hitting the ball hard, hitting most of her first serves in and hitting clean winners. Weaknesses are getting down on herself mentally when making an error or hitting a bad shot.

"I hate to lose, and I love the victories," she said.

"I expect myself to make the best shot every time," concluded Bronwyne, who would like to someday play college tennis and possibly became a professional tennis player.

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