Taylor Fair, a sophomore at Carrollton High School and the daughter of Bobbi and Greg Fair, defeated sophomore McKenna Rose of Dover in the East District Girls Tennis Sectional at Dover City Park to retain her Division II Sectional Title.
On Monday Sept. 28 Fair played her first matches of sectionals and she defeated New Philadelphia’s Sydney Banks 6-0 and 6-1; West Holmes’ Maty Macauley 6-0 and 6-0; and Dover’s Hailey Incarnato 6-0 and 6-0.
Fair was to compete in the Sectional finals Tuesday Sept. 29 but due to weather the match was postponed to Wednesday Sept. 30. She competed against Dover’s McKenna Rose and defeated her 6-0 and 6-0 to retain the title.
Fair was the number one seed going into the match, Rose was number two.
Fair is the only tennis player for Carrollton and plays year round.
“When I was turning 8 my dad bought me a tennis racket and ever since I enjoyed playing,” said Fair. “I’ve enjoyed traveling around the Midwest, going to tournaments and meeting many friends.”
“My parents and my coaches, Ben Kirksey and Dave Drummond, have inspired me to be the best I can. They always encourage me and push me to my full potential,” said Fair.
Fair noted that a few professional tennis players inspire her. “I am also inspired by my favorite professional tennis player, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal.”
Fair will advance to compete at the District Tournament Oct. 7 held in Athens, OH at Ohio University.
Fair was one win away from moving onto State last year. “The girl that beat me last year is now graduated so I’m hoping to do well.”
She is thrilled to compete at Districts she said. “I feel very excited to go into Districts this year. I have been working very hard the past year, hoping to do better… I have been playing very well lately and I hope it carries on.”
Fair will play a minimum of one match at Districts, the max is 3. She needs to win two matches in order to advance to the State Tournament, which will be hosted at the Linder Family Tennis Center on Oct. 16-17.
Fair has also had lots support from family and friends that have been traveling with her throughout the entire tournament.