Making A Racket

Weiner heads into his final year of tennis with postseason goals

Since the age of four senior William Weiner has been playing tennis. After 14 years of tennis he is headed into his final season of his tennis career.

“I am both excited and sad about my last season. I am excited because I can’t wait to make one final push at state tennis,” Weiner said. “I am also sad because I will never get to play with these friends again, nor will I ever play for Coach Thompson again. I will miss the relationships I have built with my coach and teammates.”

Along with missing relationships from tennis, Weiner will miss playing the game he has grown to love since a young age.

“Tennis is by far my favorite sport. When I was young, I was so small that I was at a severe disadvantage in sports. Tennis was the only sport where my size didn’t seem to matter. This is what drew me to tennis in the first place. Now that I am no longer quite so tiny, I love tennis because I love the strategy and mind games that tennis requires,” Weiner said.

Weiner also enjoys many other aspect of tennis, including using different tactics to defeat different competitors.

“My favorite part of tennis is the mental aspect. In most sports, the winner is simply whoever is bigger or has been playing longer. Tennis is different. The mental part of the game and the strategy work to level

the playing field,” Weiner said. “I love trying to outsmart my oppo- nents and frustrate them.”

Weiner plans on using his various strategies to make a racket to- wards his goals this season.

“My goal this year is to make the finals at state tennis. I was one set away last year, and it was so frustrating to see it slip away. My goal is for this to be the year where I finally play in the championship match,” Weiner said.

In making it to state every year of his high school career, Weiner has learned many lessons to help prepare each match of the season.

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned from tennis is how to keep my head. I’ve learned to not get furious with myself when I mess up,” Weiner said. “In junior high, I would start lecturing myself in the mid- dle of a match; as you can probably guess, this helped very little. I have learned to control my emotion and not let them dictate my actions.”

Despite having to learn hard lessons, Weiner has used everything he has learned to make him into the player he is today.

“It took my at least five years to become a decent player. In the beginning, I was one of the worst players in my grade,” Weiner said. “Over the next couple years, I spent every free moment I had at thecourts, and it finally paid off.”