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A Winning Partnership for Bitsy Young '89

They started out facing each other across the net for one special mother-daughter tennis match on Mother’s Day each year. Eventually, they switched from being opponents to being partners, and now Washington and Lee alumna Bitsy Hopper Young, of the Class of 1989, and her daughter, Faris, are ranked as the top mother-daughter doubles team in their home state of Texas.

A piece in the Austin American-Statesman earlier this month told the story of the Youngs’ partnership, which began in 2008, when Faris was 10. Bitsy, a family lawyer with a law degree from the University of Texas, recalled that she might have let Faris win one game in that first match.

But four years later, Faris had gotten good enough to beat her mother, who played tennis for the Generals. That’s when they teamed up. They began winning tournaments around Texas and received the USTA’s top ranking in their division.