Despite getting a late start to tennis, Fenwick sophomore Laura Gutierrez is one of the top players in the area. Read more from Rob Valentin on High School Cube News.
Fenwick sophomore Laura Gutierrez got a late start in tennis, but that hasn’t slowed her down one bit.
The Cicero resident didn’t start playing tennis until she was 12, but she’s become one of the top players in the area. She easily won the singles title at the Oak Park Sectional and qualified for this week’s state tournament, which begins Thursday at several high schools in the northwest suburbs.
“I was a very competitive swimmer when I was younger and I did gymnastics, ballet and dance, too,” said Gutierrez, who turned 16 last month. “Tennis was just another sport I was going to try. I registered at my local park district and after a few lessons, it was a sport that really caught my attention. I told my parents that I want to take this sport seriously. I’ve put a lot of time into learning tennis.”
Gutierrez started playing USTA tournaments, and it quickly became a family affair. Her younger brother, Carlos, started playing for obvious reasons.