Determined to win

Tennis is more than a sport for Krystal Kelley.
Krystle Wagner
Apr 9, 2013

The Grand Haven teen first became involved in wheelchair tennis four years ago. The sport has since opened many doors for the Grand Haven High School junior, who was born with brittle bone disease.

Next month, Krystal will travel to Turkey to play on the U.S. National Junior Development Team for wheelchair tennis in the World Cup.

Krystal said her love of tennis began when her dad, Craig, and brother, Connor, played with her. But playing on crutches proved to be difficult.

“It’s really neat to see her be able to play a sport,” Craig said.

Tennis gives her a chance to play with able-bodied people, which she said is something no other sport currently allows.

Although she’s a typical teenager who enjoys hanging out with friends and watching sporting events, Krystal said she’s supposed to be careful because of her fragility. She has broken her legs 13 times, and has had rods placed in them to keep them more stable when they break again.

When she’s at school or larger areas, she uses a wheelchair to avoid getting hurt.

Krystal practices her tennis game 2-4 times each week during the school year and up to six times a week in the summer.

In the past few years, Krystal has made her name known on the national level and traveled to California, Arizona, Tennessee and Louisiana to compete in tournaments.

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