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Navarro Gives Early Commitment to Duke
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Emma Navarro saw no reason to wait.

Although she could have prolonged her college selection process for a few more years, the rising sophomore blue chip knew Duke was the school she wanted to attend.

Navarro verbally committed to play for the Blue Devils last month.

“I visited the campus a few months ago and it was super, super nice. And I met the coach (Jamie Ashworth) and he watched some of my matches and I really liked him,” Navarro said. “We watched the girls play a match and that was super exciting and I just knew that is where I wanted to go.”

Emma Navarro has committed to Duke
courtesy, Julie Wrege, Tennis Recruiting Network

Navarro doesn't plan to alter her tournament schedule much. The Charleston, S.C., resident wants to continue playing national events, ITFs and some professional tournaments.

She is playing in the USTA Girls 18 National Clay Court Championships this week in Memphis, Tenn., and will play in the Girls 16s at national hardcourts next month in San Diego.

“I feel like at the clays I can play against really good competition and get my level to the level they are playing in the 18s. I think that is where I need to be playing,” Navarro said. “For the hardcourts, I want to play in the 16s and try to get a wild card into the U.S. Open if I can win that.”

Before choosing Duke, Navarro had expressed interest in attending Stanford and visited the campus. Academics are important to Navarro and her plan has always been to attend college.

“I definitely want to play college tennis and then hopefully pro after that,” she said. “I want to go and finish college and study and then try to go further after that. If you skip college then you have nothing to fall back on if pro doesn't work out.”

Navarro was born in New York and lived in Connecticut before her family settled in Charleston.

Her father, Ben, owns LTP Tennis and Swim Club in Mount Pleasant, meaning Navarro never has to worry about finding a place to train.

Tennis has always been a family affair for the Navarros. Her two older brothers began playing the sport first and Navarro and her younger sister, Meggie, followed.

“My dad got my older brothers into it, and once I was old enough to play when I was like 3 or 4, I would play with my older brothers,” Navarro said. “My dad would feed me balls, but eventually we got a coach once I was older. But it was mainly just my dad to start.”

Emma Navarro is playing Girls 18s national clay courts
courtesy, Bill Kallenberg

Navarro has formed a successful doubles parternship with Chloe Beck of Watkinsville, Ga.. The duo won the Girls 16 clay court title last year without losing a set.

They were planning to play in the Girls 18s this week, but Beck injured her thumb.

“I like doubles a lot. I think it's a little bit more relaxed than singles and you can be creative with it. I hit a lot of volleys and come in a lot, which I like,” Navarro said. “Chloe and I are good friends and we've been good together, so that always makes it fun.”

Having made her college decision early, Navarro is feeling a little less stressed as she arrives in Memphis to begin contending for a gold ball this summer.

“I feel good and confident going in. I am hoping I get a good draw,” Navarro said. “Clay is my favorite surface because I like to move on clay, which is probably unusual. But it's a little bit slower and I can run my opponents with spin, which I like to do.”

 
 

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About Rhiannon Potkey

Rhiannon Potkey is a veteran sportswriter with more than two decades of experience in journalism. Potkey has covered many sports at many levels and has a passion for finding great stories. Potkey has covered the U.S. Open, junior sectional and national events, college conference championships and Davis Cup matches. Potkey is currently Content Strategist for Tennis Recruiting.
 
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