KANSAS CITY, Mo. — North Kansas City High School freshman Sydney Fuger is impressing early on in her tennis career at Northtown.
The 14 year old won the District 7 Singles Championship and is the first Northtown player to qualify for state since 2006. She also has a 4.0 grade point average.
“It’s not an everyday thing, you know, she’s a once in a generation type player and I don’t say that loosely…she really is," head tennis coach Kyle Cumberland said.
A former NKC grad himself, Cumberland said Fuger's talent surpasses her age.
“I’ve actually had maybe 5 or 6 coaches come up to me after matches and say I would have never known she is a freshman, she has a presence about her, but she also has a maturity about her," Cumberland said.
The freshman standout will head to Springfield next week to compete.
“I’m hoping to just play as best as I can and do the best I can and have a lot of fun,” Fuger said.
Cumberland agreed, and said she'll be just fine.
“The thing I always tell Sydney is as long as she goes out and competes 100% the results will fall where they will," Cumberland said.