SARASOTA COUNTY- An Out-of-Door Academy student is recognized nationally for her tennis talent.

Ava Krug is one of six 12 and under girls nationally selected by the United States Tennis Association to train under their supervision at the USTA Center in Orlando.

It starts October 10. For one week Ava will train with the best in the country working drills and playing matches.
She will represent the United States against Canada, as the two country’s best female tennis players clash.
Her grandfather, Dick Vitale, says this is a huge honor for Ava, and only the start of a great tennis career.

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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 www.foxsports.com 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.