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Milford Beacon
  • Milford tennis star shows steady improvement

  • Milford High School tennis player Colt Williamson hopes to play his favorite sport in college.
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  • Colt Williamson is a 16-year-old tennis player who hails from the City of Milford. As a rising junior at Milford High School, Williamson has already become the number one singles player on the boys’ varsity tennis team.
    Referring to his recently concluded sophomore season on the tennis courts, he said, “I played pretty well during the season, at least up until the state tournament, where I lost in the semi-finals. I was confident in my abilities, but I got a little nervous knowing that I was that close to playing in the finals.”
    Making it to the semi-final round of the 2014 Delaware State Tournament was one step better than during his freshman season, when he lost in the quarterfinal round to eventual state champ Alex Matulas, a senior from Salesianum High School.
    “I definitely learned a lot this year playing high school tennis,” he said. “When you’re out there hitting the ball every day, you get to work on and improve the different aspects of your game. “I think my return of serve improved a lot and is a strong part of my game. My backhand is solid and I am also much more confident in that shot. I feel I have a better understanding of the different strategies involved in playing tennis now, too.”
    Williamson keeps busy during the summer by practicing under the watchful eye of his father, and coach Rex Williamson.
    “I am also playing in a lot of tournaments this summer throughout the area, including in Wilmington at the Wilmington Country Club and at the Charter School of Wilmington. I’ve also played in Pennsylvania in York and West Chester, and in New Jersey.”
    He’s played on different surfaces including the clay courts at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington.
    “I think what I like most about tennis is that you are on your own out on the court. In high school, it’s a team sport, but no matter how much you practice, you are by yourself on the court during the match with no coaching, and how you do is entirely up to you,” he said.
    While his main game is playing singles, he has also played some doubles and mixed doubles during his young career.
    Williamson said he hopes to continue to improve during his high school years, and he will continue to work to obtain an athletic scholarship to continue playing tennis on the college level.

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