Friday, May 19, 2017

Tennis at MHS

By Zachery Bandle
Edited By Ben Sampson

Being one of our spring sports, tennis differs greatly from most of our other activities. For example, every member is ranked according to how many games they win in a small competition between the team. Also, tennis has the least amount of people when it comes to playing on the courts; specifically, one plays singles or doubles (alone or with a partner). Due to the intended lack of people, everyone who plays must have good concentration because they're constantly moving to their target.

As a freshman on the tennis team, I've learned a lot about how to go about a target and how to work with my teammate in doubles. Learning the variety of moves and the basics of the court is always the starting point, but building off of those is the fun part, i.e. working on your aim, your fastness, and your stability in your hits. Communication is an important factor notable for doubles; during a match, you and your teammate call hits and move around the court to make sure that every single area is covered.

Even though tennis has many ways for improving, that doesn't mean you shouldn't join. The best part of it is just trying your best and having fun. There's no reason to see it as a life or death situation where you must win. Afterall, tennis is a quiet sport; work on your finesse and fix it if you're able to instead.