Braves senior puts together impressive season

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High school tennis players use different strategies to try to win matches.

Some try to serve aces, while others try to run their opponents all over the court and tire them out.

Brownstown Central High School senior Chris Allman said he tried a variety of things to out-think his opponents.

“I like hitting it at their backhand or going at their feet,” he said. “A lot of opponents that were better than me, they would hit it at me hard. As long as I would return it, I would just play the lob game, and they would make the mistake, and I won a lot of matches doing that, just playing the ball that I could easily hit back-and-forth.”

Allman said his strength was his forehand, but he was able to put away a lot of shots with his backhand.

“Most of the time, I could get it over,” he said. “That was probably my biggest weakness, when they would hit it hard at my backhand and I could barely get it over. When they hit it normal, I could get it back-and-forth OK.”

Allman said he felt like he had a good season of serving.

“Most of the time, I got them in,” he said. “I’d surprise opponents and put a slice on it sometimes. It’s where you throw the ball up and twist your racket. The ball goes sideways and dives off. I did that a lot of the time. They’d be thinking the first one would be coming hard, and I’d just barely hit it over the net, and they couldn’t get to it sometimes.”

On lobs, he said, “I’d just hit it as high as I could, pretty much just get it up. I was pretty good at placing the ball.”

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