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June 21, 2013

Changing of the guard for Avon tennis

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“I had surgery on my wrist the summer of my senior season,” Mize said. “I had a couple of scholarships lined up. With off programs, if it’s not a football or basketball program, they’ll find the next available kid. I had to wait until my sophomore year to actually play.”

After three surgeries, he worked to get his game back and still plays today.

Mize fell into coaching when a couple of individuals encouraged him to mentor younger players who were their children.

Along with being the president of the Avon Community Tennis Association, Mize also conducted the first ever USTA-sanctioned tournament at Avon High School in the fall of 2012.

“(The USTA event) was the first week in October and the weather could not have been worse,” Mize said. “We had a great showing and a lot of parents volunteered for it. We know that we can support tennis in Avon.

“Stan has been a great facilitator, helping me through the transition. He has been behind me 100 percent. I have to give a lot of credit to him as well.”

For Mize, he looks forward the growth of tennis in the area and Avon moving into the elite category around the state.

“Everybody shoots to match the Carmels,” Mize said. “We really shoot this year to match the Carmels and I think in a few years, you are really going to see a really high level of tennis in Avon. I honestly believe that.”

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