Tom Dart ’19 wants to “serve” up the competition
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Tom Dart ’19, one of the seniors on the Mount Carmel tennis team, is hopeful for the upcoming season, but also a little worried.
Reflecting on the upcoming season, Dart is excited about the returning players.
“Our chemistry is much better than last year, so we will be much more consistent as a team. If the players improve on their own individual weaknesses, we (should) do great.”
Still, he noted,”We need to improve individually by dedicating our time and putting in the work that would be required by other sports,” and that part of this year’s success “depends on the new talent we get, because without new players we cannot get better.”
Dart has been doing his part to improve in the offseason. He practices at the Beverly Hills Tennis Club and Evergreen Park Racket Club, hoping to improve his power and accuracy. Like his teammates, Dart also goes to tennis conditioning after school on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Dart and his senior teammates David Gutierrez ’19 and Matthew Martinez ’19 also frequent the local tennis courts to play a few quick matches.
Dart also hopes that the new coach, Dr. Michael Rodgers, will bring some new ideas to the team.
“I will do much better if coach puts me at doubles,” Dart noted.
Matthew Martinez, born in Chicago, goes to Mount Carmel High School on the South Side of Chicago. He went to grade school at St. John the Baptist in Whiting,...