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South Carolina Player Goes Pro with Camera

February 24, 2017 06:48 PM

By Ron Cioffi/USTA Southern

The leading edge of technology was sitting on top of Ryan Francis’ hat.

Playing for the South Carolina B team, Francis was armed with a Go Pro camera, supplied by USTA Southern social media maven Laura Fanjoy.

During his mixed match with Sidney Stout, Francis recorded his action and commentary with the tiny camera best known for documenting extreme sports.

“The helmet felt like a beanie,” Francis explained. “I didn’t feel especially tight or heavy. I didn’t feel any difference” as opposed to wearing just a hat. “It didn’t affect my shots or footwork.”

Francis said he was more than happy to be the first-time tester of the USTA Southern’s latest purchase of technology. “I’ve never worn a Go Pro. … It was cool to be doing something like this for the first time for you.”

It surely wasn’t his excuse for dropping their set 6-0 to the national finalist North Carolina-Chapel Hill A squad. “I played a lot of very good shots. But, for everything I hit, they had the answer.”

The video shown here was a short clip of Francis’ warmup. Technical difficulties are causing an issue with uploading the video of the entire match.

Francis, who hails from the Buckhead section of Atlanta, said he enjoyed the opportunity to record comments while playing. “I talked to my teammates. North Carolina was on a run. So, I told (my team) to slow it down.”

The senior is set to graduate with two degrees: Finance and Global Supply Chain.




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