Tennis phenom, 10, to represent region
Rochester — Not a lot of 10-year-olds know what they’re good at yet, but Rochester resident Brooklyn Bindas has it pretty much figured out.
Brooklyn is already making her mark in tennis and was selected by the United States Tennis Association to represent New England in the Northeast Capital Clash tennis tournament from Oct. 7-9.
USTA New England coaches selected the top four girls and boys, ages 10 and under, to represent the team. The tournament will also serve as a development camp for the players.
Brooklyn only began playing tennis two years ago, but it clicked right away.
"I just tried it and loved it,” she said.
And her mother, Tabitha, and father, Scott, noticed.
“I knew she was good, so I took her to Lakeville Athletic Club,” Tabitha Bindas said. “She has been playing there for two years and working with a private coach.”
The work has paid off, as Brooklyn regularly plays against kids a few years older than her.
“She’s pretty highly ranked for the 10-year-olds. She always plays up an age division,” Tabitha said. “She’s been playing U14 now because there aren’t a lot of kids as good as her at her age level.”
To keep up with her training, Tabitha started homeschooling her daughter this year. That way, she can play tennis in the morning and learn in the afternoon.
“She’s a straight-A student. She’s very smart,” said her mother.
On top of tennis and school, Brooklyn is also a talented soccer player on the Global Premier Soccer National Team North futsal team and the GPS U12 South Coast Elite Team.
“Her team won the regionals and went to nationals in Kansas City,” Tabitha said.
The demanding sports schedule is part of the reason she began homeschooling, and Tabitha alternates what sport her daughter plays each day.
“We don’t want her to be burnt out by playing tennis every day, so we try to limit it to tennis four days a week,” she said.
Brooklyn also works out with a trainer once a week to build up shoulder muscles and flexibility.
“It’s mainly for injury prevention,” Tabitha said.
Brooklyn and her mother will travel to College Park, Maryland next month for the tournament, where she and the New England team will compete against players from other regions.
The travel she has gotten to do is one of Brooklyn’s favorite parts of playing sports, she said. That, and playing doubles.
“Doubles are my favorite thing to play. Not all the pressure is on you,” she said.