Shane Brothers Hope To Bring Home NCAA Title with UVa Men's Tennis
May 15, 2013 04:33 PM EDT
Justin and Ryan Shane's love for tennis started in their backyard in Northern Virginia.
Ryan said, "We would hit every night with my dad, so we definitely practiced a lot together."
The Shane Brothers admit it wasn't love at first sight.
"When you;re that young and you have to play for four hours a day, like, of course, your going to be like - ugh," laughed Justin.
Ryan said, "We would try to avoid hitting but now we love it. That's something many people don't realize though."
Now Justin is a junior who is playing number 5 and 6 singles for the University of Virginia men's tennis team, and his younger brother Ryan is a freshman playing in the 3, 4 and 5 spots.
"Before matches when I was younger I used to practice with him so its good to get that same feel," said Justin.
Ryan says his visits to watch Justin play at UVA while he was still in high school and the fact that Virginia has one of the best tennis programs in the nation made his decision to be a Cavalier a no brainer.
Ryan said, "I would of course be around him during matches. Off the court, the team already knew me and it helped a lot."
"Its been an experience that's for sure," joked Justin.
Virginia is the #2 seed in the NCAA tournament and gearing up to take on California in the round of 16. Justin says it would be the best feeling in the world to win a national championship alongside his younger brother.
"Having him here experiencing that with me that's something that we'd be able to talk about 40-60 years in the future. That would be pretty awesome," said Justin.
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