Russell Lokko showed little mercy his competitors on his way to win the Kansas 5A Tennis Singles Championship earlier this month. In Boys 5A Championship held in Maize,KS, Lokko, a sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas, defeated Mill Valley junior Gage Foltz in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. It was a rematch of the regional champion 3 ship that also went to Lokko.

Lokko is a transplant of Burlington,N.J., where he participated in National Junior League Ten his. Already classified as a four-star recruit as sophomore,MCADAMS TENNIS GROUP BEGINSANNUAL FREE SUMMER TENNIS LESSONS

he McAdams National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) began their J seme free tennis program this week, with lessons continuing through July 29. The free lessons, for both youth and adults are held on Tues. and Thurs. evenings. Lessons for young 10 and under are 5:45 – 6:30. Classes for youth 11 and over and adults are 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The lessons are on the tennis courts in McAdams Park, located just off |-135 and 13th St. in Wichita.

McAdams NJTL is an affiliate of the United States Tennis Association/NJTL network, a nation-wide group of community tennis organizations seeking to 5A Kansas Tennis Championship

These scholarships are only awarded to promising tennis players who are

succeeding competitively. Lokko is currently rated in the top 100 nationally for Boys-16 division.

He’s the recipient of the Jimmy Evert Merit Scholarship established to honor the legacy of longtime coach Jimmy Evert, who passed away in 2015 at age 91. Evert spent more than 50 years coaching in Florida and is most widely known as father to 18-time women’s singles Grand Slam champion and former world No.1 Chris Evert.

The scholarships award between $5,000 and $10,000 to selected tennis players between ninth and 11th grades.

The money is used toward private coaching and tuition, tournament fees and travel. It also provides two weeks of free coaching at the Evert Academy, with the option for additional weeks at a discounted rate. The scholarship, which runs on the academic year from September to August, also helps pair players with mentors to help them get

into the top colleges of their choice.

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