Tennis has always been an integral part of my life, and it has taught me a plethora of life lessons. As someone who grew up competing in tournaments and training after school on a daily basis, it was always a dream of mine to play college tennis. Playing for Babson has made me appreciate being a part of a team, and even though tennis is an individual sport, I learned how to compete for a cause bigger than myself. Competing next to some of my best friends, we were all granted the opportunity to push ourselves and each other both physically and mentally.
I improved immensely through my sophomore year, having become an all-conference player, and after that season I was able to work as a sparring partner at the 2018 US Open Tennis Championships. Unfortunately, that was the apex of my career, and I only competed for Babson for two full years. I went abroad to the London School of Economics and Political Science for all of my junior year, and senior season was terminated due to the virus.
However, while abroad, I truly realized the camaraderie and family associated with the Babson men's tennis program. I briefly competed for the London School of Economics and Political Science, and immediately realized the difference between American and European athletics, both with team commitment and cohesiveness. While going abroad not only helped me gain respect for the student-athlete experience at Babson, it also helped me gain respect for the sport of tennis itself.
In my mind, I was going to be able to pick right back up senior year where I left off sophomore year, but I underestimated the technical and physical aspects of the sport. Luckily, senior year I was surrounded by a group of teammates and coaches who always remained positive and supportive, pushing each other to be the best players and people on and off the court. With new, solid recruiting classes coming in every year, the Babson tennis program continues to get stronger and compete at higher levels, and I am excited to see where it takes them in the future.
Looking back on my college experience, I made some of my best friends and memories by being a part of the Babson men's tennis program. My favorite tennis moment came in the NEWMAC semifinals against Coast Guard. In that match, we went down 3-0 after doubles and came back in singles to win 5-4 on our new tennis courts. This match showed me how much the team could pull together and fight, despite the challenges we were facing at the time. We were down, but never out.
Now that my college tennis career is over, I would like to urge everyone, especially the younger athletes, to give it their all and most importantly to appreciate and enjoy the experience because it can all come to an end much too quickly. My college tennis experience has been an amazing ride and one which I will cherish forever.