The Spotlight: Azam Hussain Leads Tennis Team by Example

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The Spotlight: Azam Hussain Leads Tennis Team by Example

Photo Courtesy of Azam Hussain, Photo Edit by Josh Polansky

Photo Courtesy of Azam Hussain, Photo Edit by Josh Polansky

Photo Courtesy of Azam Hussain, Photo Edit by Josh Polansky

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For years, boys’ tennis has struggled to find in-conference success. However, this year’s team was able to perform thanks to the leadership of the senior class. Led by senior Azam Hussain, the team was able to elevate its play to another level.

Hussain, who has been on the team since his freshman year, plays first singles, meaning he competes against the opposing team’s best player. Despite facing stiff competition all season long, Hussain had a phenomenal season, finishing with a record of 8-4. “Personally, I think this was the best season I have played mentally and physically, and I believe I was able to lead the team very well this year,” commented Hussain. “I think this has been Azam’s best season,” said senior and teammate Brian Gomberg, “He has been successful in the past, but he played especially well this year,” added Gomberg.

Although he is extremely talented on the court, what makes Hussain such a valuable asset to the team is his willingness and desire to help others. He can be seen giving his teammates advice during practice and cheering them on during matches. Freshman Dylan Moreida said, “Azam has helped out everyone on the team. He does not just want himself to win, he wants the team to win.” On this season, Hussain believes it was a highly successful endeavor: “I think this season was a step in the right direction for this team. We achieved a record of 9-5 in the same conference we went 3-11 last year, so it’s a huge improvement.”

As a tennis player, Hussain’s strengths are his powerful serve and commanding forehand shot. He wins by overpowering his opponents and making them pay for their mistakes. He uses this strategy to win against some of the best players in the conference.

Hussain wants to see the tennis team succeed more than he desires winning any individual awards. As a player and a mentor to younger teammates, he seeks to help out any way he can. He cares about both the present and future of LHS tennis, and he has been an essential part of this year’s team, both on the court and off.

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