You could say Meredith Lee is a bit of an expert when it comes to being a tennis sibling. Just two years older than her younger sister, Elaina, she always pays attention when she sees siblings on the court together.
“I’ve seen some sisters that don’t enjoy playing with each other,” she said.
With the Lees, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Meredith, who was named earlier this year to the USTA Junior Leadership team, has a grasp on sportsmanship that many young players struggle to find. The winner of the Middle States Girls’ 18s Sportsmanship Award for 2015, she looks at tennis in a simple way. When she competes against, or with, her sister, she keeps that outlook.
“You have to remember that it’s tennis – it’s just a sport,” she said. “You’re supposed to have fun, and if you keep that in mind, you won’t stray from your character when you’re on the court.”
While earning the respect of tournament directors and fellow players because of her attitude and outlook, Lee has had plenty of success on the court, as well. She just wrapped up her junior season at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pa., where Elaina is also a team member.
Meredith won the Pioneer Athletic Conference singles championship and was a District 1-AAA singles finalist in the fall. She’s in the top 15 of USTA Middle States rankings and also holds a national ranking. As a team, Meredith and Elaina also have played USTA tournaments together.
“We work together and support each other on the court,” she said of playing with her sister. “Some people like to tell each other what to do. With us, it’s a combination. We take directions from both sides.”
Lee is also a junior ambassador for the Down the Line and Beyond Foundation, a nonprofit organization in the Philadelphia area that teaches character development through youth outreach and tennis.
Pittsburgh’s Luke Phillips was also named to the USTA Junior Leadership team. To read more about Luke, click here.