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Knox family looks for more state success

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Knox family has quite the reputation. "When you say Knox, you say tennis," said Hanford sophomore Curtis Lan. "I don't think anything but tennis."

Rob Knox has raised his three children the way he was raised.

"My father was an avid player," he said. "We had a court growing up. It was a family activity."

It's a family activity now. With his professional career over, Rob is a coach. He's the club pro at Tri-City Court Club, but his main energies are on his kids. Oldest daughter Kasey, who now plays Eastern, won state singles for Hanford in 2004. This year, middle-child Molly and the youngest child Jake have both qualified for Friday's state tournament. "I've gone two years, lost in the semis each year," said Molly. "My sister won it her senior year, her only time to win it, so I guess I need to keep that in the family."

"It's going to be tough," said Jake. "My family doesn't put pressure on me. It's just whatever I want to do, in tennis and everything."

While there hasn't been any pressure, there has been easy access to tennis. Rob has installed both a grass and clay court at the Knox's home.

"it always gives me someone to play with and look up to and improve," said Jake.

"Built-in practice partners," said Rob. "They get along reasonably well. You know how siblings can be."

They'll be pulling for each other this weekend, but usually it's Molly enjoying her dominance over little bro. "His goal was to beat me before he graduated," said Molly, still undefeated. Jake is ready with excuses.

"It's hard to play against my sister," he said. "I don't want to make her feel bad if I beat her really bad."

While Molly is in the singles draw, Jake is in the doubles with teammate Curtis Lan.