When Michelle Furnari of Scarsdale first picked up tennis, her height didn't have much of an advantage on the racquet. "I was six years old." she says, but growing into the sport has yielded more to her than the gains and pains of winning and losing.
Becoming adept at problem solving and self reliance, while achieving the ability to keep composed, she says, "It's such a good learning tool."
At the this point, she likes to mix it up when it comes doubles or singles. "If I had to pick, I'd say singles," she says, because it involves
That said, the senior plays singles during the season and doubles in the sectionals. She hopes her doubles game can elevate at least one notch so another week of tennis is added at the end. Taking fourth in the sectionals, she says, "the top three go to the states so I just missed it."
For now, she'll lay low at the baseline and let her return of serve do the heavy lifting. Lacking a big power serve, she says, "I can usually get a good angle on my return."
Not sure what she wants to study in college probably means she's on serve with her peers but tennis has left her in a position where she's familiar with finding the way by herself. "You have to figure it out on your own because there's no one out there helping you," she concludes.
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