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Growing up around tennis set up Nick McLean for success as a player.
Grade 11 Brentwood College student McLean, who turned 17 on May 7, has been making a racket in the sport since he was old enough to pick up a racket.
“I always saw my parents playing growing up,’’ he said.
“It was just kind of something that gradually happened as I started to grow older.’’
McLean obviously inherited quality tennis genes.
“My husband and I both played — obviously we played a lot,’’ said mom and coach Marci.
“You never knew if the kids were going to play tennis or not. It’s nice that he does play and enjoy it.’’
Nick has been instrumental in three straight runner-up finishes for Brentwood at the provincial level.
“We’re hoping to gradually improve on that to the first position,’’ he said.
Nick is mainly concentrating on delivering a more consistent serve with more power and a more consistent backhand down the line.
“Nick’s continued to improve every year,’’ said Marci.
“He’s got an extremely heavy forehand so very difficult to handle. He’s a big, tall kid so good doubles player and good hands at the net.’’