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Spring Signing Week '17: Austin Barr Commits to Williams
by Peter Green, 10 April 2017
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Austin Barr may be the perfect recruit for the Williams College Ephs. He is a fierce competitor and he loves being part of a team.
"My most exciting tournament was any given year of Team Cup", says Barr. The 155-pound right-hander played high school tennis for three years, Team Cup for seven years and has also played Zonals! "A team championship has always been my biggest goal."
"My favorite team experience was the 2015 Team Cup Tournament where I played on the Northeast Ohio Team. We went in as the 4th or 5th seed and made it to the finals. It was really memorable for me because it was the closest any of the tennis teams I have played on came to winning."
Austin has been very successful this year playing doubles with his brother Tyler - who is a sophomore at MIT - and his sister Chloe - a sophomore in high school. In the spring, Austin and Chloe qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association's (OHSAA) state championships. "This is the only chance I'm ever going to have to do doubles with Chloe," said Austin in the Chagrin Valley Times. "It was just an easy decision for me. There was no way that I could pass this up."
This past summer, Austin and Tyler followed up by winning the Men's Doubles at the USTA's Midwest Section U.S. Open National Playoffs. Tyler is a sophomore at MIT who had a record of 13-4 in singles - playing mostly No. 3 singles. "The competition and the people we were seeing were definitely more experienced than what we had in the high school season," said Austin in another Chagrin Valley Times article. Tyler added , "It was really fun to go in and play together. We had a good time, played well and ended up winning."
Early Sports Career
Golf was actually Austin's first sport. He started playing golf at age three, but the pace was too slow for him. Between the ages of eight and twelve, Austin played baseball. The team aspect of baseball was something that he loved, but he wanted to play a sport where he was active all the time. Austin started playing tennis at age eight and fell in love with it almost immediately. At age nine, he played his first tournament and his first USTA tournament at age ten. At age eleven he travelled to a tournament for the first time and soon after, at age twelve, Austin went to Zonals - his first USTA National Tournament.
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