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Ariel Schneider, 13, concentrates on returning a backhand during a workout with tennis porfessional Denny McDevitt at the Marco Island Racquet Center. Schnedier has come from Atlanta to work with McDevitt  to advance her game to its highest level to gain national recongition.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Ariel Schneider, 13, concentrates on returning a backhand during a workout with tennis porfessional Denny McDevitt at the Marco Island Racquet Center. Schnedier has come from Atlanta to work with McDevitt to advance her game to its highest level to gain national recongition.

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  • Ariel Schneider, 13, of Atlanta, powers through a serve during a workout at the McDevitt High Performance Academy at the Marco Island Racquet Center.
  • It looks a bit like ballet as Ariel Schneider follow through on her backhand during a workout at the McDevitt High Performance Tennis Academy at the Marco Island Racquet Center.
  • Gary McDevitt. Marco Island Radcquet Center tennis professional, works on Ariel Schneider's positioning for a backhand during a workout. Schneider has come from Atlanta to work with McDevitt who has begun a High Performance Tennis Academy to further the talents of young tennis players, aspiring to play in college, or more.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff
Ariel Schneider, 13, concentrates on returning a backhand during a workout with tennis porfessional Denny McDevitt at the Marco Island Racquet Center. Schnedier has come from Atlanta to work with McDevitt  to advance her game to its highest level to gain national recongition.
  • Roger LaLonde Staff
Ariel Schneider slams a forehand on a ball that came in oin her during a workout at the Marco Island Rqacuet Center. Schneider came from Atlanta, Ga. to work with tennis professional Gary McDevitt who has begun a high performance tennis program on the island to aspire young players to bring their game to its highest level wirth the hopes of a college scholarship. and maybe more.
  • Ariel Schnedier makes what looks like a triumphant finish, but it is just one of many backhands, forehands and serves she will hit during a workout at the McDevitt High Performance Tennis Academy.

Ariel Schneider, 13, has been gone from her Atlanta, Ga. home for more than two weeks. Much of her time has consisted of hitting tennis balls ­­­— for hours. She packed her bags in search of tennis success on Marco Island.

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