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Written by Pamela DeLoatch   


Tennis for the Long Haul


hile many junior tennis players are focused on their next match or tournament, 18- year-old Peter McDonald takes a long-term view.

"I have always been focused on developing a game that peaks for college, rather than winning in the juniors," the lefty player says. "I am continuing to work on my second serves and volleys."

One of his coaches, former UNC player Brad Pomeroy, was extremely influential in helping Peter develop a plan that will help him develop the mental maturity to take his game to the college level.

"He encouraged me to think like a pro rather than a junior," Peter says. "He changed my mental approach and made me realize that mental strength wins matches as much as actually hitting the ball."

That's not to say that Peter doesn't practice a lot. In fact, during the off-season, he is on the court three to four times a week, for about an hour and a half each day. During tennis season and summer, it gets ramped up even more, Peter says.

Age : (Rank B18s)
State : NC
State Rank : 1
Sect'l Rank : 26
Nat'l Rank : 278

His hard work is paying off: Peter has been accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy and will play for them beginning September 2011.

What does he love most? Winning, and the challenge of beating players ranked ahead of him. You could say that tennis is in Peter's blood. His mother is an experienced player and his father is the tennis director of Hollow Rock Racquet and Swim Club, in Durham, NC, where Peter trains. In fact, Peter says he learned to walk on the tennis court, and just kept going from there.

It isn't always easy, and there can be setbacks, like when Peter fractured the growth plate in his shoulder. While the injury forced Peter to take a year off from the game, it also gave him a chance to build his game mentally, develop strength and focus on fitness. With a current ranking of number one for Boys 18s in North Carolina, Peter's strategy worked.

"I continue to develop my strength and fitness and watch what the top pros do," Peter says. "I recognize that to do well in college, I must have a big game."

With his big game, a long-term plan, and a future with the Naval Academy, Peter is right on track.


McDonald's FavoritesFavorite Food: Huevos Rancheros
Favorite Singer: Jay-Z
Favorite Tennis Player: Roger Federer
Favorite Movie: Bourne Identity
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 March 2011 18:21
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