Wesley Chapel loses standout player

Tyler Brown's domination over Pasco County competition has come to an end.

By Mike Camunas, Times Correspondent
Published May 18, 2007

Tyler Brown's domination over Pasco County competition has come to an end.

Wesley Chapel boys tennis coach Gerald Savoy said Thursday that Brown, along with his family, is moving to Texas. Brown's father is a tennis pro at Saddlebrook and will be taking a similar position at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Braunfels.

"It's bittersweet for me, but I think it's great for him, " said Savoy, the Wildcats' only coach in their eight-year history. "He has a great opportunity from a tennis standpoint. ...I'm sure (Tyler) will attend that academy as well. (Tyler and his brothers) should all become great tennis players.

"We're going to miss him quite a bit here."

Tyler's younger brothers, Tanner and Turner, eventually would have joined him at Wesley Chapel during Tyler's senior season, which many were considering to be a huge advantage in 2009.

Brown, in just two seasons at Wesley Chapel, went 30-2, including back-to-back undefeated regular seasons. Brown made his first trip to state this season and was the No. 3 seed before bowing out in the quarterfinals.

Savoy said it was important the family was staying together, adding: "They have to do what's best for their family and all that."

But Savoy still has optimism despite losing a top player.

"I think we just have to look at what we have, " said Savoy, whose team finished Class 3A, District 5 runnerup to Ridgewood. "We got some young kids, (that) when you look at the district tournament, (they) showed some real tenacity. ...I think we'll still be competitive next year.

"It's a sad thing that Tyler's leaving, but we'll practice harder and do the best we can next year."