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Spring Signing Week '08: Northwestern Recruit Sicora Owes It All To Summer School
by Lisa Mushett, 10 April 2008
Special from the USTA/Northern Section

For most kids, the memories of going to summer school are enough to make one cringe. While all of your friends are enjoying their summer break sleeping in or playing outside, you are forced to wake at the crack of dawn and go to school. For Michael Sicora, of Buffalo, Minn., his memories of summer school are a little different, as it literally changed his life. It was there, he took his first tennis class, and as he says now, "the rest is history, I guess."

Michael Sicora heads to Northwestern this Fall
After taking that summer school class which was "fun," Sicora thought he would sign up for a tournament "just to see how I would do." He must have done alright as he is now ranked #1 in Boys 18s singles and doubles for the Section and has signed a letter of intent to play college tennis at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Getting started in tennis later than most kids, Sicora played his first tournament at age 12, winning his first title when he claimed the Section's Sweet 16s 12s tournament.

"I remember him coming home with that big silver cup," his mother Kim Carlson said. "He was grinning ear to ear with such pride!"

That win allowed Sicora to represent USTA Northern at national tournaments. He went on to win his first National Open title - a 12s doubles championships - that he describes as "a really great at the time." Since then, Sicora has been ranked #1 in every USTA Northern age group and has won close to 50 tournaments in his career. He has represented the Section at Junior Opens, Zonals, Intersectionals and National Team Championships since then, logging many frequent flyer miles during that time.

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