Two local teenagers win big on tennis courts this weekend


MOBILE, ALABAMA – It’s a double dose of national champion tennis players in the Krug household, twin brothers, Connor and Jake, are the doubles USTA National hard court tennis champions.

The 14-year-olds won in two sets, 6-1 and 7-5.

It was a 196 draw for the tournament in Mobile, Alabama, and Jake and Connor almost lost in the first round. They won 10-8 in a third set tiebreaker, and went on to win it all.

Last month their little sister, Ava, took home the national doubles clay court title.
So it goes, tennis runs in the family. The Krug’s mom, Sherri Vitale, was a tennis star at Notre Dame and their grandad, Dick Vitale, hits the courts almost daily in Lakewood Ranch.

Connor and Jake are getting ready to start their freshman year at ODA, and will continue to train with their tennis coach, Lance Luciani.

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.