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Following in his Father’s Footsteps

March 26, 2009 10:43 AM
Father Felipe Adel second from left and son Omar Adel far right
Father Felipe Adel second from left and son Omar Adel far right

By Tom LaDue, USTA.com

For the second year in a row, Felipe Adel and the Southwest men’s team have made the trip to the USTA League presented by Chrysler 3.0 Adult National Championships. Last year Omar, Felipe’s seventeen-year-old son, made the trip to watch his dad try to capture a National Championship.

“It was great having Omar at the event last year. It was special to have my son there cheering his father on,” the proud Felipe said smiling.

Little did either Adel know that from the experience of being at the National Championships it would be the motivation for Omar to pick up a racquet.

“It was about four months after we got home that I decided to try my hand at tennis,” said Omar.

Before Felipe knew it Omar was out on the court hitting with his son a few times a week. As the weeks passed, Omar really started to pick up the game.

“It was great to be out there spending some quality time with my son enjoying the sport that I have gotten so much enjoyment out of,” said Felipe.

Omar was a quick learner of the game and before they both knew it, Omar was ready to join his dad on his 3.0 Men’s team.

“Who would have thought a year ago at Nationals that Omar would be a part of our team at Nationals this year,” replied Felipe.

Omar is enjoying playing both singles and doubles and has been a welcome addition to the team.

“It’s really great to be enjoying the success of the team with my Dad,” stated Omar.

“Not many people get the chance to make it to Nationals and I get to be here with my son as teammates,” replied Felipe. “Who would have ever thought!”

Both Adel’s will be hitting the courts later this year again as teammates at the 6.0 Mixed Doubles National Championships in Sacramento, California.

Felipe and Omar are hoping that all of their hard works pays off and they can go back home as National Champions but if they come up a bit short it will all be alright since they got to be part of the National Championships as father and son.

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