A fter interviewing Kyle Reed, a junior at Coast Union High School, one thing is most obvious: he has found his passion in life and it is tennis. Kyle, the number-one varsity player for the Broncos, has only been playing since he entered high school but has been practicing every day since.
Reed is also part of the Cambria Tennis Association, he plays in tournaments around the county (giving the prize money he receives to Goodwill), and he plans on coaching kids during the summer. He hopes that among his opportunities after high school will be a scholarship to play tennis at the university level. Beyond that, his dream is to play professionally. Short of a scholarship or a pro career, Reed will always stay active in county tournaments.
His inspiration in the sport is the number-two player in the world, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Meantime, Reed continues to work on the consistency of his first serve, which he can blast across the net at 115 mph. His coach, Ron Garcia, says Reed has “picked up the pace on his first serve” and he is learning to hit first-serve aces with more frequency. “Kyle is a pleasure to coach,” Garcia added. “He works hard in practice, plays the game a lot, and he has a very positive attitude.”
Working hard at his game in competition or in practice is a good way to get aggression out of one’s system, he explains. When he’s not in school or on the court, Reed earns money by working for his parents at both The Sow’s Ear and Soto’s market in the East Village.
If there’s anyone out there who would like to step up and play Reed in a practice match, he says he’s ready. Meantime, tennis fans can watch Reed and his teammates in action Friday, April 23, at Coast Union; the Broncos go up against Fowler High School at 4 p.m.