Fargo's first tennis family: Youngs cherish time on court together
FARGO - Pro tennis has its royal families in the Williams sisters and the Bryan brothers. North Dakota has its own tennis royalty and anyone who's played the game in the state knows them.
Meet the Youngs family whose roots at the tennis court at Fargo South.
"I remember with my dad we would go almost every day in the summer when I was little," Bruins junior Geoffrey Youngs recalled.
In fact, it's where this family got its start. Vic Youngs met his wife at an East Region tournament and it's been a racket since.
"I walked up to her shook her hand and said would you help me out making these draws. One thing led to another," South head tennis coach Vic Youngs said. "That was move the good strong handshake at the tennis tournament."
They have had two sons, David and Geoffrey and a daughter, Julia. With their strong tennis background you can bet they all were out hitting as soon as they could walk.
"We're just making contact. Who cares where it went," Youngs said.
"I was definitely one of those kids that took park board tennis lessons as the home run derby," David Youngs said when remembering his first days playing tennis.
Each has blossomed into their own player along the way. David and Geoffrey have won team state championships.
Geoffrey is a junior and David helps out as a volunteer assistant and matches against each other have become much more competitive than when they were younger
"Now it's less you know I have to take it easy on him. I have to bring my 'A' game. He's a really good player and its been fun to watch him grow," David said about when playing his younger brother. "He brings out the best competitive side in me as well."
Even with all the accolades what this family enjoy the most is quality time together.
"Since a young age some of my fondest memories have come from the Fargo South tennis program. I remember being in third or fourth grade and begging my parents to let me go down with my dad to watch the state tournament," Youngs told WDAY.
As this family grows older, they still remember where their roots are.