Athlete of the week: James Reid

With a powerful serve and strong backhand, senior James Reid is this week’s Athlete of the Week.

One of the captains on the Rye Garnets tennis team, Reid led his team to victory over Blind Brook. In his match, playing second singles, James won his two sets by scores of 6-1 and 6-2. He has also won his matches against Harrison and Mamaroneck.

James started playing tennis when he was five and is now in his fourth year on varsity.

James uses his hard-earned skill for more than just beating his opponents.

Reid expects he and Andrew Emmanuel to make sectionals in doubles together and they are hoping to advance to states.

“James has been a contributing member of the varsity team for four years” Rye coach Su Dickson said. “He has been motivated to practice, play well in matches, and improve his game each year. This year, he has stepped into a leadership position as the captain and has been both reliable and enthusiastic. He is definitely an asset to our team.”

In the winter, James played the number-one position on the Garnets squash team, on which he was ranked in the Top 100 in the nation.

He is a fierce competitor on the court, but, outside the lines, James is a devout humanitarian. He tutors as well as raises donations and supplies for “Serving Zambia”, supporting the organization’s goals to allow underprivileged children to play tennis in Zambia. He organized drives at the high school and the nearby tennis clubs, acquiring various necessary items, including racquets, clothing and shoes, helping make someone’s day brighter with tennis in their life.