By Samuel Xie ‘24
Big Red Sports Network Reporter Samuel Xie ’24 met up with Ian Lee ’24 to get the scoop on Lawrenceville’s 2022 boys’ varsity tennis team.
Samuel Xie: What are your goals this season and how do you plan to improve on your Second Form year?
Ian Lee: My biggest goal would definitely be to bridge the gap between how I play during casual practices and my performance during key points in matches that count. When the pressure starts to build, I’m going to push myself to focus on specific, attainable details in my shots rather than a fear of missing. Looking back on last year as well as the first weeks of this season, I’m hoping to turn my forehand into more of a weapon while maintaining rational court decisions.
SX: How do you think the team dynamic has shaped up so far?
IL: The varsity team is largely made up of returners, so we’ve already been able to build off of a lot of the progress made last year. Our first two matches have already displayed a high level of competitive support for one another, and I’m excited to see where this goes in the future.
SX: What have you learned about from your two recent games against Hun and Peddie?
IL: Our first two matches have opened the season to a great start as we won against Hun 4-3 and 5-2 against Peddie, but we’ve still identified some areas for improvement. One of our strengths is in our depth in skill level, allowing us to gain points in the matches that are lower down the ladder.
SX: What are you most looking forward to this season?
IL: I’m really looking forward to winning at the bigger tournaments in the coming weeks, as well as competing against my old school to reconnect with old teammates and coaches.
SX: Describe your playing style in three words.
IL: Erratic. Spin. Unpredictable.
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