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AN UNLIKELY GOLD MEDALIST: He improved from beginner to tennis champ

Posted 5/6/15

When it came to tennis, Matt Anthony was a beginner. No tennis lessons. He was someone who had just picked up a racquet to join his best friend, a tennis enthusiast, on the court for a long, uneventful summer.

So when he decided to audition for …

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AN UNLIKELY GOLD MEDALIST: He improved from beginner to tennis champ

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mattphoto5 6 15

When it came to tennis, Matt Anthony was a beginner. No tennis lessons. He was someone who had just picked up a racquet to join his best friend, a tennis enthusiast, on the court for a long, uneventful summer.

So when he decided to audition for a spot on the Middletown boys' tennis team during his junior year, he showed up at the courts at the high school, a newbie in a landscape that was only slightly familiar.

The coach asked him to return balls launched at him from a machine. When he recalls that audition, he still laughs.

"I could get the ball over the net, but it wasn't very pretty,'' Anthony admitted. His returns "didn't look good, but they got the job done.''

They did indeed get the job done: He earned a spot on the team, and he figured it was because of his quick feet – he played on the soccer team. That, and the fact that others couldn't hit as many shots over the net as he did.

His summertime activity turned into a varsity tennis career, albeit a short one: This past spring, his second season on the team, he won the Mid-Penn Conference's Class AA No. 3 singles title among boys, earning the gold medal on Saturday, May 2 in East Pennsboro.

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