CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Eric and Sharmila Jones had plans to take their children to the beach this week, but their four kids had other ideas.
They wanted to play in the family's first Public Courts tennis tournament.
Not only are three (Nadeem, Rohen, and Samir) of the four kids participating in the tournament, but they're in the same division as well. All three are brothers, with only 5-year old sister Riya not old enough to play.
Two of the brothers were in the same part of the draw and would have had to play each other in the semi-finals had they both made it. However the oldest child, Nadeem Jones, fell in the round of 16 to Christopher Istfan 6-4, 6-3 at the Tennis Indoor Center in Charleston Monday.
Even with Nadeem, the third seed in the U12 tournament, ousted, the Jones family still has two of the brothers competing. Rohen already advanced to the quarterfinals and Samir will play his round of 16 game today.
"At first, we were thinking of going to the beach, but we wanted to play," Nadeem said. "Next week, we can go to the beach."
Despite having to push back their beach trip, the entire family was excited to be playing in the Public Courts for the first time.
"We were very excited because this is such a great tournament for this town," Sharmila Jones said. "It brings everybody out that we have known from the tennis community.
"It's neat for the kids to get to see their coaches play and the older kids they see from the community."
Having all three boys playing in the same division, despite their difference in age, made the experience that much more enjoyable for the family.
"It's a great thing to have all the kids in the same category together," Eric Jones said. "We have kids from ages 7 to 10. They are good kids and we just really enjoy getting a chance to see them play."
Nadeem is the oldest of the four Jones siblings at 10 years old, followed by 8-year-old Rohen and 7-year-old Samir. Another oddity in the brothers' tournament experience is the difference in age and height of the other entrants.
The 11-year-old Istfan defeated Nadeem Jones for the third time in their fourth all-time meeting, and had a considerable size advantage as well at around 4-foot-8 compared to the 4-2 Jones, who had to get up on his toes just to flip the scorecards.