Eight and Counting
By Shima Grover
What is the longest winning streak in the Richmond Junior Tennis Circuit? On June 28th Aden Bashir claimed his eighth consecutive 12U boys division championship. As of June 14th, Aden had accumulated fifty points while the nearest challenger was at fourteen. Aden is only ten years old until October but has been dominating the RJTC 12U division. Aden’s performance is all the more impressive because Aden has been playing tennis for just thirteen months
Tennis is a family sport for the Bashir family. Aden’s parents, Kiran and Arif (known as RF professionally way before Roger Federer), both play tennis, Aden’s older sister Ruksaar plays on a USTA League Tennis team and Ashton, a younger brother, also competes in the RJTC on Saturdays. Ashton, eight years old in June, is ranked number two in 10U in RJTC. Although Aden’s paternal grandmother Rehana is not a tennis player, she was an accomplished badminton player while in college in Pakistan. So racquet sports are in Aden’s family’s blood.
Aden and Ashton are multifaceted athletes and are serious Tae Kwon Do students. Aden is one step away from his black belt, and Ashton is a yellow belt with green tip. A brown belt and an eight week winning streak should make Aden who is also on the Kaechele Elementary School honor roll a dominant force on and off tennis courts.
Follow Aden’s progress in the RJTC Saturday series and see how long the winning streak can be extended.