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Adam Walter makes a racket on the tennis courts

As the boys tennis season comes to an end, junior Adam Walter is the top player on the boys team.
Priya Annapureddy
Adam Walter practices his swing before a match against Issaquah on Oct. 3. Photo by Priya Annapureddy

As the boys tennis season comes to an end, junior Adam Walter is the top player on the boys team. Walter’s experience playing tennis began early.

“I’ve been playing [tennis] pretty much all my life. [I started] when I was two, with my dad,” Walter said.

With a ranking that puts him in the top 25 of all players in Washington, Alaska and Oregon, Walter said he expects to finish the season as one of the top three players in King County, an improvement from his top five finish last year. Walter said this improvement is because of the time spent practicing in the off season.

“Outside of school, I play [tennis] three or four times a week with my dad and in tournaments,” Walter said.

Walter’s record, which contains two losses throughout the season, has helped the Inglemoor team achieve an overall record of 7-3, placing them fourth in King County. For Walter, he said the
appeal of tennis is found in the sport’s unique style of competition.

“[Tennis] is unlike other sports—you’re just by yourself. You don’t really have anyone helping you outside of your coach,” Walter said. “When you’re playing, you can’t talk to anybody, you just have to figure it out on your own.”

While this independent style of play is part of what attracts Walter to the sport, it also presents its own challenges.

“Tennis is probably one of the most frustrating sports out there; it’s a lot of problem solving, and that’s just really hard,” Walter said.

One challenge for Walter came at the end of the season last year. At the district tournament, which is the state-qualifier event for tennis, Walter narrowly missed advancing to the finals.

“I was pretty close to [qualifying for state] last year, but I didn’t make it. That was really tough,” Wal-
ter said. “I’m pretty confident that I can make state this year; I really want to get it.”

As Walter enters his last two years of high-school tennis, he is beginning to think about his future in the sport.

“I don’t think [playing professionally] is realistic, but I really want to play in college,” Walter said. “Recently, I got interested in the [United States] Air Force Academy; they have a great tennis team.”

Adam’s level of play has been noticed by his fellow tennis players as well.

“[Walter] plays really clean. He’s got a pretty good game at the net too… He’s got good placement of his volleys and quick reflexes, and he plays to his opponents’ weaknesses,” senior captain Matt Cummings said.

Cummings said he notices a change in Walter’s personality when he’s playing.

“He becomes a totally different person inside the court. Outside, he’s a bit more outgoing and outspoken, but then when he goes inside, he’s completely focused. That’s one thing I admire about
him—he’s always focused.”

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Eli Shafer, Co-Business Manager
Junior Eli Shafer is Co-Business Manager of Nordic News for the 2019-2020 school year. His goal is to make students aware of what’s happening at Inglemoor and beyond by writing interesting and engaging stories. He also hopes to improve his writing, photography, and teamwork skills by practicing these in a professional setting. Outside of Nordic, Eli is a member of cross country, track and field and is also heavily involved in DECA where he serves on the executive team.
Priya Annapureddy, Reporter
Sophomore Priya Annapureddy is excited to be a reporter for her first year on Inglemoor’s Nordic News. Throughout this experience she hopes to further develop her writing skills as well as improve upon on her interviewing capabilities. She wants to write stories that will engage and inform Nordic’s readers. Outside of school, you can find Priya swimming for Inglemoor or Gold’s Aquatics Club, playing piano, and, of course, helplessly petting every dog she lays eyes on.

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