Photo by Dean Humphrey

Trigg Hayward, 13,  of Grand Junction returns shot against Andrew Humble, 13, of Carbondale in the 14-under boys singles Monday during the Taco Bell Western Slope Open.

Different strokes

Teens find common ground on tennis court

Andrew Humble jumped into the Taco Bell Western Slope Open with both feet. The 13-year-old had never played a tournament tennis match before Monday, when he took on Trigg Hayward.
There was no easing into tournament play for Humble, who drew a competitive and talented Hayward for his first match.
Looking at the two boys, they look like complete opposites.
Hayward wears red, Humble is in blue.
Hayward’s blond hair is cut short, Humble’s shaggy brown hair brushes the top of his eyes.
Their games are different, too. Hayward’s strengths are at the net, and Humble’s lie in his serves.
But when the boys smile, a similarity that many 13-year-old boys share is revealed. Their grins are covered with braces.
But soon-to-be straight teeth isn’t the only thing the boys have in common. Both developed a love for tennis through their families.

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