by LYDIA COBB | photo by Spark Photography

Home Court Advantage

student_haynes2Julia Haynes is a freshman at Rancho Bernardo High. Her family moved to 92128 nearly two years ago. “I love how great the teachers are,” shared Julia. “I feel like I am learning a lot, but overall it’s the environment of a group of great people I get to see every day helping me and supporting me throughout.” Her favorite subject is science because she’s drawn to conducting experiments.

She’s on the high school tennis team and received the MVP award – no surprise for a top-ranking high school tennis player in Southern California. Her biggest tournament this year was at the U.S. Tennis Association Girls’ Nationals. Julia explained, “It was a unity of many girls all around the country coming to San Diego for the sole purpose of tennis.” She held on to win her first round, but lost her second. “Overall it was a great experience and I look forward to next year,” she added.

Name: Julia Haynes (14)
Grade: 9
School: Rancho Bernardo High School
Parents: Bill and Hiroko Haynes
Sibling: Chris (23)
Favorite Place in 92128: Starbucks! My favorite place in San Diego is Potato Chip Rock.

Her parents also played tennis, which explains why Julia picked up a racket at two years old. Swiss pro tennis player Roger Federer is her inspiration. “He has been great for many, many years, not just for a short amount of time, which is what you want to be when you grow up,” she added. As she grows in her sport, Julia finds it’s most rewarding to see herself improve and win tournaments. “But it’s very challenging when those goals cannot be met, or I do poorly when I think I should’ve done better,” mentioned Julia. “It’s also very rewarding to receive trophies and praise from my family and friends.”

When her racket rests, Julia laces up hiking boots and heads to Potato Chip Rock, or out for a long walk. She also bikes and swims. With her mom, Julia checks out regional festivals, and added, “It’s really fun trying new foods and seeing new things.”


Julia aspires to play college tennis for Stanford, ultimately becoming a pro player. “But at the moment, I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up,” admitted Julia. “Science really interests me, so I think I want to have a job that’s science-related, but I’m bound to change my mind!” She can volley these future aspirations around for a while. Time is part of her home court advantage.