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Kaiserslautern senior Patrick Tremaglio returns a ball across the net during Round 1 action at the DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Tremaglio downed Ankara sophomore Deniz Alibazoglu in two sets; 6-3, 6-3.

Kaiserslautern senior Patrick Tremaglio returns a ball across the net during Round 1 action at the DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. Tremaglio downed Ankara sophomore Deniz Alibazoglu in two sets; 6-3, 6-3. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Kaiserslautern senior Patrick Tremaglio returns a ball across the net during Round 1 action at the DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Tremaglio downed Ankara sophomore Deniz Alibazoglu in two sets; 6-3, 6-3.

Kaiserslautern senior Patrick Tremaglio returns a ball across the net during Round 1 action at the DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. Tremaglio downed Ankara sophomore Deniz Alibazoglu in two sets; 6-3, 6-3. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Bitburg senior Kaitlyn Miller returns a volley during Round 2 DODDS-Europe tennis championship action.  Miller, seeded second in the girls bracket, knocked off Bahrain senior Laila Galal in a hard fought matchup.

Bitburg senior Kaitlyn Miller returns a volley during Round 2 DODDS-Europe tennis championship action. Miller, seeded second in the girls bracket, knocked off Bahrain senior Laila Galal in a hard fought matchup. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Third-seeded Ramstein junior Meghan Augsburger follows the path of the ball during opening day action of the DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Third-seeded Ramstein junior Meghan Augsburger follows the path of the ball during opening day action of the DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Heidelberg junior Cameron Meeker, the second seed in the boys bracket, catches up to a shot by his opponent during opening day action of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships.

Heidelberg junior Cameron Meeker, the second seed in the boys bracket, catches up to a shot by his opponent during opening day action of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

SHAPE freshman phenom Dimitrios Stavropoulos returns a shot during the second round of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

SHAPE freshman phenom Dimitrios Stavropoulos returns a shot during the second round of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

AFNORTH senior Taylor BonenClark returns a shot during the 2011 European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.  BonenClark fell to Oona Barbieri, a junior from Florence, 6-2, 6-2.

AFNORTH senior Taylor BonenClark returns a shot during the 2011 European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. BonenClark fell to Oona Barbieri, a junior from Florence, 6-2, 6-2. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Florence junior Oona Barbieri returns a serve during the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Florence junior Oona Barbieri returns a serve during the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Wiesbaden senior Evin Alarilla gets his racket in position to return a ball during the European championships tennis tournament in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Wiesbaden senior Evin Alarilla gets his racket in position to return a ball during the European championships tennis tournament in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Lakenheath's Samuel Armstrong connects with the ball during opening day play of the 2011 DODDS-Euorpe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Lakenheath's Samuel Armstrong connects with the ball during opening day play of the 2011 DODDS-Euorpe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

American Overseas School of Rome senior Gabrielle Boccaccini, seeded fourth, puts power behind a shot during Thursday's opening rounds of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

American Overseas School of Rome senior Gabrielle Boccaccini, seeded fourth, puts power behind a shot during Thursday's opening rounds of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Heidelberg freshman Gaby Tersigni returns a shot during opening day play of the 2011 European high school tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Heidelberg freshman Gaby Tersigni returns a shot during opening day play of the 2011 European high school tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Hohenfels freshman Lisa Bourgeois lines up her raquet during Thursday's opening round play of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships.

Hohenfels freshman Lisa Bourgeois lines up her raquet during Thursday's opening round play of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Top-seeded and defending champion, Patch sophomore Ajdin Tahirovic, makes quick work of his opponent on opening day of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Top-seeded and defending champion, Patch sophomore Ajdin Tahirovic, makes quick work of his opponent on opening day of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Top-seeded Ginevra Bolla, a senior from Marymount, won her only match of opening day during Thursday's early rounds of the European tennis championships.

Top-seeded Ginevra Bolla, a senior from Marymount, won her only match of opening day during Thursday's early rounds of the European tennis championships. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

SHAPE freshman Dimitrios Stavropoulos looked strong during opening day of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships.

SHAPE freshman Dimitrios Stavropoulos looked strong during opening day of the 2011 DODDS-Europe tennis championships. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

Vilseck senior Gabe Ruiz watches his shot during Thursday's opening day action at the 2011 European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Vilseck senior Gabe Ruiz watches his shot during Thursday's opening day action at the 2011 European tennis championships in Wiesbaden, Germany. (Mark Patton/Stars and Stripes)

WIESBADEN, Germany - There were no major surprises on opening day of the 2011 DODDS-Europe Tennis Championships, but plenty of rising stars raised some eyebrows at the three venues in the Wiesbaden, Germany area that’s playing host to the annual tournament.

More than 150 kids from 28 high schools are competing for top honors in individual and team high school tennis until Saturday, when the tournament concludes with the final matches at the Vitis sports hall.

Strong play Thursday by all the seeded players on the boys and girls side promised for some exciting play as the tournament goes deeper into the brackets. Some in attendance were even mumbling that someone could actually knock off Patch sophomore Ajdin Tahirovic, the hard-hitting defending boys singles champion. One person who would be hard-pressed to agree would be his opponent on Thursday. Tahirovic made quick work of Florence sophomore Gabriel Vingre, with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

“How do you get these balls?” asked a frustrated Vingre to the crowd after an ace served by Tahirovic.

Heidelberg junior Cameron Meeker and SHAPE freshman Dimitrios Stavropoulos - boys second and third seeds, respectively - both had 6-0, 6-0 straight set opening day victories.

The 13-year-old Stavropoulos said he’s already thinking about his tennis future, even at such a ripe age, and suggested winning Europeans could be a big step to his goal of a college scholarship.

Meeker says his serves on Thursday were the best he’s ever had and hopes that’s enough to send him to the championship.

“Sure, everyone’s expecting (Tahirovic) to win, I’m just going to give it my all, there’s nothing to lose,” Meeker said.

The girls field seems wide open if the first day is any indication, despite a strong opening day performance by 2008 and 2009 champion Ginevra Bolla of Marymount International School of Rome, who also shut out her opening day opponent.

The match of the day came from scrappy unseeded Bahrain senior Laila Galal, who used patience and a steady stroke to give second-seed Kaitlyn Miller a run for her money. Miller won the match 6-3, 6-2, but the match was much closer than the score indicates.

In a game that featured long rallies and solid, fundamental tennis, Miller was able to rely on skills from another sport she excels in: track. Miller is the defending European 3,000-meter champion, something she said helped her hold up through the long points.

“I started to get kind of tired, I never played a match with really long rallies before,” Galal said.

Play resumes Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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