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Brothers win Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club Junior Sportsmanship 2014 Award

L-R: Tim Melbourne, Sportsmanship Committee Chairman Frank Smith, Scott Melbourne.

Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club is “very proud to recognize Tim and Scott Melbourne as 2014 Jr. Sportsmanship Award winners.”

They accepted their award at the Tennis Club “Recognition of Past Board of Directors” party on Nov. 1.

Age 17, and seniors at Cathedral Catholic High School, the Melbourne brothers began tennis at age 7 at Augusta Country Club in Georgia. In 2005, when the boys were 8, the family moved to Rancho Santa Fe. They attended Rancho Santa Fe Elementary-Roger Rowe School from grades 3-8. They hope to attend college on the East Coast and play on their tennis team there as well.

Tim and Scott credit Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club head professional Derek Miller as mentor and coach. Miller has been their instructor for the past nine years, coaching them through Rancho Santa Fe Middle School tennis team, high school tennis team, and tournament play. Summers were spent developing their skills at the Carmel Valley Tennis Camp in Carmel, Calif., where they often spent eight hours a day on the court.

The Melbournes are “standout” juniors at Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club. They are always well-behaved, conscious of sportsman-like conduct on and off the court, and always willing to lend a hand at Club events, when juniors are needed to ball-boy or fill in as extras on the court. Tim and Scott have worked hard to accomplish their tennis goals. They play with honesty and integrity, and they always show respect for opponents, teammates and coaches.

Tim and Scott personify the tennis tradition of “tennis court etiquette.” They behave like gentlemen on and off the court. RSF is very proud to award them “Sportsmen of the Year” for 2014.


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