Friendly family rivalry at Canyon Crest Academy tennis match

L-R: Larry Belinsky, Andrew Belinsky, Judy Belinsky, Esther Belinsky and Craig Belinsky. Photo by Austin Schmid

For the first time in North County tennis coaching history, two Belinsky coaches went up against each other on Monday, April 27. Larry Belinsky (Canyon Crest Academy) and his nephew, Andrew Belinsky (San Diego Jewish Academy), coached and contested a non-league varsity dual match at Canyon Crest Academy with Uncle Larry’s team, the Ravens, winning, 17-1.

The family connection was unknown to the student-athletes before the match got under way. Toward the end of the introduction, Uncle Larry “let the cat out of the bag” by announcing their relationship and was quick to offer nephew Andrew a “Belinsky Tennis Club” hat and matching T-shirt to commemorate the special occasion.

Other Belinsky family members were in attendance to join in on the fun.

Esther Belinsky (Larry’s mother and Andrew’s grandmother), Craig Belinsky (Larry’s brother and Andrew’s father), and Judy Belinsky (Larry’s wife and Andrew’s Aunt) were there to offer their support. One thing was for certain: A team coached by a Belinsky was going to win!