Arapahoe's Tate Schroeder will not defend tennis title

It will be awhile before we see the 5A state champion on a Mile High tennis court again.

"I'm sad to leave Colorado, because it's always been my home," Tate Schroeder told 9NEWS.

The 16-year-old is picking up and moving to Florida to play her final two high school seasons at the IMG Academy (commonly known as Bollettieri).

"I wrote a letter to them when I was little, saying I would scrub the floors for them if I could go there for free," said Schroeder.

She can leave her mop in Colorado. Tate is heading to IMG thanks to two impressive years on the prep scene. A semi finalist as a freshman and she followed that up by winning the state title as a sophomore.

"Leaving Arapahoe is pretty tough because it's a pretty tight knit community and we've just grown so much together and I'm kind of bummed that I don't get to play high school tennis," said Schroeder.

Her goal is to play professionally and she'll now get to practice and play against some of the best in the world.

"It will push me more because I'll want to be better because I'm really competitive," said Schroeder with a smile.

Tate will spend the next month traveling the country and playing in tournaments. She'll move to Florida in mid-August to start her new tennis career.


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