Tennis has dominated Savanna Fuller’s summer, and the Chapin 16-year-old could not be happier.
Fuller, the winner of the S.C. Junior Hardcourt Championships girls 16 division, has spent the season on practice courts and USTA competition courts. And with three weeks to go before high school competition begins, Fuller wants to get in as much court time as possible.
“I always train more in the summer, so I’ve been training every day a lot, and it’s paid off,” she said. “I did take one week off, and it was awful. I was in Miami and it rained all week so I could not hit, and it was killing me.”
Other than that hiccup in her training, Fuller has been pleased with her summer performance.
She reached the second round at the Belton Hall of Fame tournament and the third round at the USTA Southern Sectional. This week at the Lexington County Tennis Center, Fuller defeated Curran Carver 7-6 (3), 6-3 for the Hardcourt title.
“I just felt I had to go in and do my best, and it turned out to be enough,” she said. “I did really good. My last match was tough, but I pulled through it and I think I played pretty well.”
While vacationing in the mountains, Fuller spent the rest of the week practicing for the Georgia Open, which begins Friday, and the Southern Zone in North Carolina.
More than anything, Fuller is looking forward to the return of school competition. The Eagles’ No. 1 player for the past three seasons, Fuller is eager to rejoin her teammates for a preseason tournament in August.
“I’m so excited. It’s like my fun part, when I get to be on a team,” Fuller said.
Though she has not seen many of her teammates or the Eagles’ competitors on her USTA Tour, Fuller said she is sure they all are ready for a strong competitive season.
And she is ready to jump right into it.