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Inside the (Blood) Lines: Tennis Duo's Special Bond

Updated: Friday, September 6 2013, 12:00 AM CDT

At just 15 years old, Jackson Cobb is already a well-decorated tennis player. He's had tournament success in the singles draw, but it's in doubles where he really serves up trouble. And it's better he bother his opponent than his partner, because if causes problems for his partner - she can ground him.

"Normally in tournaments, I play with people my age," said Cobb. "Now, playing with my Mom, I have more of a family vibe."

Most teenagers can't get far enough away from their parents. Not Jackson. He and his mom Michele Haggerty not only share a love for tennis, they share the same court.

"To play together, something I feel very strongly about - I just love to play," said Haggerty. "I know he does, too. So for us to play together has been really fun."

"It really helps me relax," admitted Jackson. "She's just 'okay, get this next point.' she's never like 'you better get this point right now!"

We're not exactly going out on a limb when we say Michele and Jackson make-up a talented tennis family tree. They've been "leafing" other teams in the dust.

"We've always seen them growing and being champions," said Fernando Velasco, Director of Tennis at Grey Rock Tennis Club. "When we see somebody with that caliber, we know the results will be positive."

The mother/son squad took part in the National Family Tennis Championship. After winning their local tournament at Grey Rock, they advanced to a super regional playoff in Kansas City. From there they made it to the national finals in New York City. And they came back from the Big Apple with more than just some cheesy magnet.

Michele and Jackson defeated every other mother/son squad to win the national championship.

"Next year, we definitely want to come back," Michele said after the title match. "We'd love to come back and be the defending champion."

"That would be really cool if we could come back and do it all over again," agreed Jackson. "It was just a really fun experience."

And with Michele riding shotgun, Jackson's got another big accomplish on the horizon, too. He's about to finish driver's ed. Hopefully he won't have to put that talent to the test in New York City anytime soon.

by Adam Winkler

Inside the (Blood) Lines: Tennis Duo's Special Bond


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Thursday's Game

Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13

Saturday's Games

Philadelphia at Washington, 4:30 p.m.

San Diego at San Francisco, 8:25 p.m.

Sunday's Games

Baltimore at Houston, 1 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.

Minnesota at Miami, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at Carolina, 1 p.m.

Green Bay at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at St. Louis, 4:05 p.m.

Buffalo at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.

Indianapolis at Dallas, 4:25 p.m.

Seattle at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.

Monday's Game

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

NBA

Thursday's Games

Chicago 103, New York 97

New Orleans 99, Houston 90

Milwaukee 108, Sacramento 107

Golden State 114, Oklahoma City 109

Friday's Games

Charlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Utah at Orlando, 7 p.m.

Washington at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Minnesota at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

L.A. Clippers at Denver, 9 p.m.

Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Thursday's Games

Florida 2, Philadelphia 1, SO

Pittsburgh 1, Colorado 0, OT

Carolina 4, Toronto 1

Washington 5, Columbus 4, OT

Anaheim 2, Montreal 1

Los Angeles 6, St. Louis 4

San Jose 4, Edmonton 3

Friday's Games

Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

Anaheim at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.

Dallas at Calgary, 9 p.m.

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