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Meghan Kelley has moved up in the tennis world since winning the Betty Blakeman Memorial as a 12-year-old in 2010, and has opted for the junior circuit instead of high school competition.
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Kelley has studied French, Latin and Spanish, and was able to negotiate her way through customs and even deal with the failure of both her cellphone and her credit card while in Bolivia.
"That was a little setback," she said, "but it didn't really affect my tennis at all."
While Meghan travels and takes courses online, Kate, 14, will enter Falmouth High in the fall. At 5 feet, 8-1/2 inches in height, she already has a few inches on her older sister. Kate plays field hockey in addition to tennis.
Meredith, 11, has begun training at the Manchester Athletic Club outside of Boston, just like her oldest sister. Meredith, who also plays soccer, trains one day a week. Meghan generally trains Monday through Thursday at MAC, living with the family of a coach, Francisco Montoya.
Meghan's recent visit home was brief. She returned to Massachusetts Thursday, will play singles and doubles in an 18-and-under USTA sectional tournament in Amherst this week, and has events in Michigan, Louisiana, Virginia and California on her docket before heading to New Haven in mid-August.
Tennis Recruiting Network lists Kelley as a blue-chip recruit, tops in New England and 25th in the nation among girls in the Class of 2016. The ITF currently ranks Kelley as the 467th junior in the world.
"At this point, I want to go to the best tennis college," she said, "and maybe pursue my professional aspirations afterward."
More international trips are planned for the fall and winter, with the dream goal of competing in a junior Grand Slam event.
"She has great potential," said Nicholson, the tournament director from New Haven. "As big as this is, she's got bigger things ahead of her."
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