Thursday, January 2, 2014

Staggs rallies for boys 18 title in Winter Nationals

   Renowned coach Brad Stine once lauded Logan Staggs for his "tenaciousness" and "court smarts."
   So Staggs, who lives in Tracy (near San Francisco), didn't panic when he was drubbed in the first set of today's boys 18 final in the USTA National Winter Championships.
   The fifth-seeded Staggs simply regrouped and dismantled second-seeded Thomas Fawcett of Winnetka, Ill., 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
   Staggs -- a 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter), 135-pound left-hander -- ironically will attend college near Fawcett's hometown. Staggs signed a letter of intent in November to play at Northwestern, a member of the Big Ten Conference in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill.
   "What stands out about Logan ... is just what a tenacious competitor he is," Stine, who coached International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier and has worked with Staggs, told tennisrecruiting.net. " ... What he lacks in size, he makes up with his tenaciousness and competitiveness and court smarts. He is such a smart competitor on the court."
  Mike Staggs, an attorney and tennis fanactic, introduced his son to tennis when Logan was 2. At 8, Logan appeared in a television commercial with Andre Agassi and former top-25 player Taylor Dent. Playing the role of Agassi's son, Jaden, Staggs wowed Dent with his strokes.

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