Kinda funny that I was thinking about the Bellamy family this morning and this article just pop up
Bellamy family has deep ties with tennis
Many of the 256 players in the Jr. Orange Bowl Tennis Championship have roots in the sport, but few can boast a family bloodline like that of Roscoe Bellamy, who advanced to the quarterfinals in the Boys 12s division Thursday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over feisty Boris Kozlov of Pembroke Pines, whose brother, Stefan, reached the Boys 14s final last year.
Bellamy’s mother, Beth, won the NCAA title at the University of Southern California and went on to play 11 years on the pro tour, recording wins over Martina Navratilova, Mary Joe Fernandez and Pam Shriver. His father, Steve, is the founder of the Tennis Channel, owns four tennis clubs and spent some time as a tennis instructor to the stars in Los Angeles. His students included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Goldie Hawn and Steven Spielberg.
The younger Bellamy was a talented Little League pitcher and shortstop in Pacific Palisades, Calif., but chose to stick with tennis. He said he learned the game from both his parents.
“My mom used to beat me when I was 10, but I’ve gotten bigger and stronger and now I beat her,” he said. Asked how he does against his father, Bellamy (and his father) smiled and replied: “I kill him.”
Bellamy’s three brothers all play tennis, too. Older brother Robbie just accepted a scholarship from USC. Lucas, who is 15 months older than Roscoe, has improved his game and has become a formidable training partner. And 10-year-old Lincoln is the fifth-ranked player his age in the Southern California region.
Bellamy has known Kozlov for a few years and has played doubles with him, so he knew he was in for a tough match when he saw him across the draw. Kozlov raced to a 4-1 lead, but Bellamy changed up his game and rallied for the victory.
In 12s tennis, players call most of their own lines, and there were a handful of questionable calls during their match. When it came time for the final game, Bellamy summoned an official to keep watch to make sure there was no controversy.
Bellamy’s quarterfinal opponent will be Igor Gimenez of Brazil, who beat American Matthew Fenty 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Others who advanced were Nicolas Mejia of Miami and Yshai Oleil of Israel. Dalma Galfi and Alexis Nelson were among the winners in the Girls 14s, and Dayana Yastremska, Abigail Desiatnilov and Anastasia Potopova were among the Girls 12s. The tournament ends Sunday at the University of Miami.