Charlotte Catholic Tennis Player Megan Leonard
Charlotte Catholic High School Tennis Player Megan Leonard has enjoyed a successful prep tennis career to date. The 15 year old sophomore is the daughter of Bill and Helen Leonard and she began playing tennis at the age of eight. Megan has a bright future ahead of her the next two seasons as a Cougar. Let’s go Beyond The Game to learn more about Megan.
When did you begin playing tennis and why?
“Both of my parents and my older sister play tennis so I began playing at a young age but I started to play tournaments when I was eight.”
What are your top three athletic accomplishments?
“Last year as freshmen, my partner Rachel Marthinsen, and I made it to the conference finals. When we returned to the conference tournament we won the tournament after a tight semi-final match and another tough match in the finals against our teammates, McKinley Riley and Catie Nelson. Receiving the sportsmanship award at a tournament that I also won in singles and doubles. Being ranked number 13 in South Carolina in the 10 and under age division.”
What is the strongest part of your game?
“My will to keep fighting. No matter what the score is I still give 110% and I have been able to turn around matches and win matches when I haven’t been playing my best.”
Backhand or forehand? Why?
“I prefer my backhand because I use my entire body to hit it well and it results in more power.”
What makes you happiest on a tennis court?
“For the past three summers I have volunteered with the Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program which offers a variety of sports from tennis and golf to kayaking and waterskiing to wheelchair athletes. I volunteer in the summers every Tuesday and it is truly my favorite day of the week. I love being able to help others with something that I have been doing my entire life. I am happiest on the court when I am playing with these inspiring people.”
What type of racquet do you play with?
“I play with the Yonex VCORE Si.”
How well do you perform in the classroom?
“I’m a straight A student in all honors classes.”
Do you enjoy doubles as much as singles?