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For Burroughs' Garrett Auproux, it's about balance

Despite a hectic schedule, Burroughs junior enjoyed individual accolades as well as leading the Indians to another CIF semifinal run.

July 28, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • Burroughs High junior Garrett Auproux is the 2012 All-Area Boys' Singles Tennis Player of the Year.
Burroughs High junior Garrett Auproux is the 2012 All-Area… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

There is a large calendar at the home of Garrett Auproux that is continually being updated with dates, times and event listings.

The Burroughs High junior boys' tennis standout and his family need the calendar to keep track of Auproux's busy schedule. If he's not taking lessons with two separate professionals at separate venues — one in West Los Angeles — Auproux is taking part in matches for the Indians boys' team or traveling around the nation competing in United States Tennis Assn. tournaments.

Throw in his school schedule and finding time to study, and it all adds up to some hectic days for Auproux.

"It definitely gets hard sometimes, just trying to work everything in," Auproux said. "It's a good thing that I have parents who are always on my case about it, and they make sure I know what I have to do and where I have to be."

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Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt has witnessed first-hand the dedication and preparation it has taken for Auproux to become successful despite being pulled in many directions.

"His dad said he can't wait until Garrett starts to drive so he won't have to take him to all of the tournaments," Bernhardt said. "He works out at the Rivera Country Club with a pro there and then he goes to work out with another pro some place else, then he has his homework and playing on the tennis team. He pretty much has a full plate.

"He's a little different because the majority of the top players in the country are home-schooled. But Garrett wants the atmosphere and the experience of playing on a high school team and going to classes with kids his own age. He's very well adjusted in that sense and he seems to make it all work."

Along with enjoying success in state and national tournaments, Auproux has also made a name for himself at Burroughs. This past season, Auproux put together a triumphant campaign with the Indians, as he was nearly unbeatable. Along with winning his second straight Pacific League singles championship, he also advanced to the semifinals of the challenging CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament. In addition, he helped pace the Indians to the Division II playoff semifinals for the second consecutive year.

Because of his exploits, Auproux has been voted the 2012 All-Area Boys' Singles Tennis Player of the Year by the writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, La Cañada Valley Sun and Pasadena Sun.

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