A star gazing star makes a racket in San Diego tennis –

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San Diego Community College District Student Athlete Spotlight

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The story of Julia Haynes starts in Vancouver…but not that Vancouver.

It’s the Vancouver right on the border…of Oregon?

Yes. The old fur trading outpost is where Haynes learned the family trade – tennis.

“My parents played,” Haynes said. “I would cry at day care because I couldn’t watch them, and I always wanted to play with them.”

Julia became so dominant at the sport, her parents recognized the need for new challenges.

That’s how the Washington girl from the not so Canadian town became a Southern California specialty.

Haynes is the 24th ranked tennis player in her class in the United States, and recently made the finals of the National Open Hardcourt Championship. A stellar academic record has her scoping Ivy league schools.

“It’s really fun to swing a racket,” Haynes said. “It’s a fun sport to play.”

With one more year before she can start working towards a law degree, the star of the court wants to work on star tracking. She’s starting an astronomy club at Rancho Bernardo High School.

“We’re hoping those who aren’t sure of how cool it be can join and share our joy of watching stars,” Haynes said. “It’s very cool.”



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