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Determination, confidence lead to national tennis championship
Tali Jarmond, 12, earns USTA doubles title
Published Wednesday, January 11, 2017 3:19 pm
by Herbert L. White

Tali Jarmond of Charlotte teamed with Jelani Sarr of Baltimore to win the Boys’ 12 Winter National Championships in Tucson, Arizona.

Tali Jarmond was determined to not fall short of a national tennis title at the USTA Boys’ 12s Winter National Championships.

Tali, who lives in Charlotte, achieved his goal with a win in doubles with his partner, Jelani Sarr of Baltimore last month in Tucson, Ariz. The pair reached the semifinals in 2015, but were on a mission to improve the result this time.

“It feels really good,” Tali said. “Lots of joy. Last year, we wound up getting fourth in the tournament, so being on top this year was a lot better.”
“I kept saying to myself we have to be better than we did last year and take one match at a time,” Tali said.

Because of the size of a national championship field, Tali and Jelani focused more on their individual strengths and chemistry than on opponents.

“It’s a personal philosophy,” Tali said. My dad (Trey) tells me that. My dad is very smart. He’s somewhat of an advisor at tournaments, but before matches we talk about what I should do and what I shouldn’t do.”

It also helps to have confidence, which Tali said helps him handle the grind of competitive tennis. In a tournament setting, he said, playing with conviction is a plus.

“It’s one of the biggest things,” he said. “It’s all part of your mental game. Confidence is one of the things that help.”

As does a capable partner like Sarr, whom he developed chemistry with from playing with and against in previous tournaments.

“We have experience playing together,” Tali said. “He’s a very positive person and he’s very passionate and throws out a lot of fist pumps.”

Tali, who is home-schooled, plays tournaments “two or three times a month,” balancing his schedule between local and regional play.

“Anywhere, really,” he said. …“We play more travel tournaments. We play a little bit of local, maybe once a month if I have to work on something, but mainly we travel for our tournaments.”

Even with a national championship on his resume, Tali is chasing goals. He’d like to win more national titles as well as parlay his success into an education.

“I want to make it onto a college team and try to have a scholarship,” he said.


I have been around Tali and his family quite a bit, and just as much as he is a strong player, he's also a nice young man.
Posted on January 12, 2017

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