Some would consider this the natural order of things in his family. His older sister plays the sport and his little brother plays as well. But he is no ordinary player, Rommel Verano, senior at Edinburg High School has had a successful tennis career, playing international tournaments in Mexico as well as around the United States. Locally he is the number one player in the Rio Grande Valley and is in the top 20 in the state of Texas, he is also a member of the United States Tennis Association.
In January, Verano signed on to play tennis for The United States Military Academy at West Point with a four year scholarship worth $380,000. Other universities such as The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Louisiana were looking to recruit him but he decided on West Point because they offered him a four-year scholarship and his older sister attends West Point.
“I felt scared because it is a military academy, but my sister is there. You have to take those opportunities, it’s for my education and I am doing what I love to do which is to play tennis,” he said.
He has been playing tennis since the age of eight, when he saw his older sister Robie and cousin practicing one day. “After that my dad and I would play tennis at the McHi tennis courts and it was there when a coach saw me, said I had natural talent for the sport,” he said.
With practice, dedication and the support of his family, Verano has accomplished more then he could ever imagine. “I don’t know what I would do without the support of my family,” he said.
Head tennis coach Rene Cancino said he is proud Verano has achieved so much as such a young age but is not surprised with the path he is taking now. “When I first saw him as a freshman, I knew he was going to play college ball. He’s well structured and is a hardworking; he will do whatever it takes to make it.”
Verano said tennis has taught him to be mature, independent and disciplined. He spends most Saturday’s teaching tennis at South Middle School with his younger brother. He is set to report to West Point in July for six weeks of basic training and plans to major in engineering.