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Danny Light, left, and his brother Rick got the opportunity to team in doubles play at the eighth annual Decatur Jubilee Tennis Tournament at Point Mallard on Friday.
Light brothers putting family pride on the line
By Ashley Hargrove
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Whether it's win or lose on the tennis court, Hartselle pro Danny Light always enjoys a good match against his brother Rick.
Since Rick now lives in Montgomery, the two don't get to play as much. In fact, Friday's doubles match was the first time in years they have played together in the Decatur Jubilee Tennis Tournament.
"There is nobody that I would rather play with," Rick said. "Tennis is a big part of our family. Anytime we play, we're competitive. We play for family pride."
Not only do both Rick and Danny play, so do Danny's wife Regina, and their two children, Keaton and Candice.
"I've been playing since I was 4," Keaton said. "Since my dad is a tennis pro, I've grown up around it. As I've grown up, it has gotten more competitive."
Keaton graduated from Hartselle High in 2006, and Candice is a senior there. Both are participating in the eighth annual Decatur Jubilee Tennis Tournament at Point Mallard, which continues Saturday and concludes Sunday. Regina is also participating, but was in Huntsville on Friday night competing in another tournament.
Danny gives his older brother credit for introducing him to the sport. Both played together when they were in high school and were a part of state championship teams.
"Years ago, there were other groups of brothers who would get together and play," Danny said. "We decided we would start playing together and really enjoyed it. It makes for good competition."
Rick went on to play tennis at The University of North Alabama.
Although Danny didn't play in the Jubilee last year because of knee surgery, he said he and his family try to support the local tennis program as much as possible.
"Everyone playing in the tournament is either on a team together or play against each other," Danny said. "We love seeing new people come out. That's the reason the sport is growing. It's a shame we lose so many kids to football and other sports."
Match play will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and continue until 5 p.m. Local band Hot Rod Otis is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m.
The eighth annual Decatur Jubilee Tennis Tournament will continue Saturday with matches starting at 9 a.m. and continuing to 5 p.m.
Nineteen matches were played Friday.
About 20 matches will be played Saturday.
Local band Hot Rod Otis will perform under the pavilion starting at 7 p.m.
- Ashley Hargrove
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