NEWPORT BEACH — Elisa Martinez Garcia turned 14 years old Thursday, and she celebrated that birthday with two distinct groups of friends.
There are the other four young tennis players from Spain, with whom Garcia traveled to Newport Beach.
Then there is the Sage Hill School tennis program. Some of those players were on hand to sing Garcia "Happy Birthday" as well at The Tennis Club Newport Beach, and there was a birthday cake.
It's the first time Garcia has been to the United States. She doesn't speak much English, but she needed just one word in Spanish to describe her trip to California so far.
"Chulísima," Garcia said, which loosely translates to "unbelievable" or "really cool."
The Sage Hill summer tennis training has been cool. The Lightning have played host to Garcia and the rest of the Spanish contingent. They came over with Pascual Maroto, director of the Tahoe Tennis Academy of Mallorca, Spain. Mallorca may sound familiar — it's the area where world No. 2 tennis player Rafael Nadal is from.