Members of the Waxahachie High School tennis team recently attended High School Winter Camp at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels. The annual event organized by parents offers athletes an opportunity to learn and sharpen tennis skills in preparation for spring tennis tournaments.

The 15 varsity and junior varsity athletes participated in an intense weekend of instruction and drills, and as an added bonus enjoyed a surprise visit from tennis great John Newcombe.

Newcombe, who retired from professional tennis in 1981, is one of the few men who attained a No. 1 World Ranking in both singles and doubles, winning at Wimbledon, Australian Open, U.S. Open, and French Open. Newcombe spent an hour with the campers discussing strategy, reminiscing, and answering questions.

Although each participant pays their own tuition for the annual winter camp at Newcombe Tennis Ranch, the weekend would not have been possible without the generous support of Austin Blankenbeckler and Carlisle Chevrolet Buick GMC of Waxahachie. Austin, along with his Sales Manager Barry Gurley, worked with organizer Michelle Burks to ensure the group enjoyed a trip that was safe and comfortable for all involved.

Under the direction of head coach Nicholas Tanner and assistant coach Kit Alford, the Waxahachie varsity and junior varsity teams are well on their way to a successful spring season. The Indians and Lady Indians competed in the Ennis Easter Bowl Tournament over the weekend and will travel to Argyle for the final warm up before the District 10-5A championships April 3-4 in Mansfield.