Coming into the spring season Westmoore Jaguars tennis player Jonathan Eichman had some lofty goals for himself. Just like with any set of goals you set high, it has been through hard work and dedication that Eichman is achieving those goals.
“My initial goal was to play singles and win multiple tournaments. I am definitely achieving those goals at the moment with three first place medals and a third place medal so far,” Eichman said.
That success comes with time, countless hours in fact, spent working on his game not only in practice with his teammates but when he is by himself and nobody is watching.
“I will be by myself practicing around five to 10 hours a week, and then will practice with others around 10 to 20 hours,” Eichman said.
That work became serious about three years ago according to Eichman when he stopped playing other sports and started to get serious about tennis.
When asked about what he thinks the strongest part of his game is, Eichman didn’t hesitate to say that it is definitely his serve. That strength may come in some part to the player that Eichman says he likes to watch the most, left-handed, legend Rafael Nadal.
As for younger players looking up to him now the way he looks up to pros like Nadal; Eichman has some simple but wise advice.
“Just don’t give up; and stick to the process that you are practicing,” Eichman said.
If Eichman continues to trust his process then look for the Westmoore tennis squad to make some noise in the next several weeks including earning some hardware at the regional and state tournaments.