Playing in the top spot in the lineup and getting off to a fast start while she’s at it, Kay Chin '24 is the Wyvern of the Week.
Just a seventh grader, Chin played both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in wins over Hamden Hall and Kent School to open the season. Chin’s wins in all four matches have helped the Wyverns get off to a 2-0 start.
“Kay is a great young tennis player who will do a tremendous job of carrying on the strong tradition of KO tennis,” Kingswood Oxford coach Ron Garcia said.
Chin has been playing tennis for six years and says she loves the sport because of the difference between playing in singles and doubles.
“With singles it's just you on the court. In doubles, you have someone to help you out and be a team together,” Chin said.
Before the season-opening match with Hamden Hall, Chin was feeling a little nervous but a good support system helped her focus on her game and she took care of the rest.
“I was nervous because it was our first real match that counted towards our wins or loses,” Chin said. “What helped me was all the support I had from coaches. parents, teachers and of course my team. My team has cheered me on and they have been so supportive.”
As for season goals, Chin just wants the team to keep the same spirit it has now, helping each other and working together. As a team, Chin feels the Wyverns have encouraged each other and we have had each other's backs. Individually, Chin wants to prove herself each time she steps on the court.
“My personal goal is to play my best tennis so I can to show the other team I can compete at their level even though I am only 13,” Chin said. “Playing my best game against people older than me can be hard sometimes but that is something I have to get through with time.”
Time Out With Kay
Favorite athlete: Alex Zverev. He is a young tennis pro who is ranked in the top 5 at 21 years old. He is calm and feisty on the courts and shows his best game and shows a great mental game on the courts.
Favorite team: Pittsburgh Steelers.
Favorite tennis shot: My forehand down the line because it is a tough shot that I find very easy. For a right-handed player, that would be their backhand, usually a right-handed player’s weakness.
Pre-match pump up song: Worth it by YK Osiris
Favorite caf meal: is just a grilled cheese or salad.