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in the world,” he said. “I’ve been playing and
coaching tennis for almost 40 years here and in
the Hamptons for 20 years. I am so grateful God
put tennis in my path.”
Like Harrison, several outstanding tennis
professionals call Brevard home.
“The finest tennis player produced from Brevard is
Normal Holmes Jr., who is very well-known in the
tennis world, yet extremely modest about all of his
tennis accomplishments,” Harrison said.
Holmes, who competed against superstars such as
Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver, lives in
Melbourne and continues to represent the United
States in international tennis events.
California native Maria Sanchez, former Women’s
Tennis Association top 100 player and No. 1 player
at the University of Southern California, could
have lived anywhere, but chose Brevard, where she
teaches at Eau Gallie Yacht Club.
“After college, Chris Evert invited me to her
academy in Boca,” Sanchez explained.
From Boca Raton, it was just a hop to the
Space Coast, where Sanchez often played pro
tournaments at Kiwi Tennis Club.
Harrison divides his year
between Brevard County
and New York’s Hamptons,
where he is director
of tennis at the ultraexclusive
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