Springfield Lasers inspire younger players to go for the gold

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - The Springfield Lasers are heading back to the Cooper Tennis Complex this coming weekend for their season opener.

On the heels of Wimbledon, the team's return is inspiring young players across the Ozarks to go for the gold. "You watch them play in Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and then a week later you see them in Springfield," said Reid Jarvis, a local tennis player. "It's kind of a cool feeling."

Jarvis said he loves seeing players unite from all around the world in his own backyard. Jenny Filmer Edwards, Public Relations for the Springfield Lasers , agreed. "It's a really special thing for anyone who's learning tennis, especially our youth."

Ten-year-old tennis player Austin Potter also talked about watching the Lasers up close. "You get to see the players and talk to them and stuff, it helps your tennis a lot," said Potter. "I like watching them play because they're fun and having fun."

Both aspiring players agreed seeing the professionals in the same place they practice and play every day is truly inspirational.

The Springfield Lasers will open their season Sunday, July 14 at Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E. Pythian Ave.

Tickets are also available online: SpringfieldLasers.com
Grandstand tickets are $10-$15.