Teague Hamilton enjoyed a string of successes during his prep tennis career, feats he can attribute to his complete attention to his game.
Now, the 18-year-old is preparing to face new challenges before he starts a new career at UC Santa Barbara.
Hamilton, who graduated last month from Laguna Beach High as a two-time MVP and Orange Coast League singles champion, has been immersed in training and summer tournament play. He will compete this weekend at the United States Tennis Assn.' Boys' 18s and 16s National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla.
After that, he'll squeeze in more play and make a trip in early-August to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the USTA's Boys' 18s and 16s Hard Court National Championships.
The Florida tournament will mark the first time the 18-year-old will compete on clay.
The trip to Kalamazoo also will be a first.
"I've never played a tournament on clay before," said Hamilton who said he trained for the first time on the surface during a Wednesday workout at the Racquet Club of Irvine. "I'm really excited for the opportunity. I'm learning that on clay, I have to be a lot more patient in my game."