Athletes of the Week: Double court kings

Tristan Greenlee and David Carpenter. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price
Tristan Greenlee and David Carpenter. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price

 

 

BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Seniors Tristan Greenlee and David Carpenter changed Clarkston Boys Varsity Tennis history by winning back to back tournaments on the Doubles No. 1 court.
“It was pretty exciting,” said Greenlee.
“Both of us had never won first place in a high school tournament, then won two in a roll.”
They won the Traverse City Invitational and Clarkston Invitational which they explained they went against good teams and good competition.
“It was close matches,” said Greenlee, adding their match against Ann Arbor Greenhills was a tough one. “The courts here at Clarkston got rained out so we had to go inside at Deer Lake.”
“It was probably our hardest match,” Carpenter agreed.
“It was the hardest we have every played and we ended up winning,” Greenlee smiled. “It was an awesome feeling walking out there with the gold.”
Both begin playing tennis when they were in elementary school. Carpenter stopped playing for a few years as he tried different sports.
“I got back into it around my freshmen year,” he said. “This was one of the sports I really had a passion for.”
Greenlee stayed with it because he found it enjoyable especially with the boys he grew up playing tennis with – who are still on the team with him now.
“They are some of my closest friends and having some of my best friends makes me excited to try out for the team,” he said. “It has made it one of the best experiences in my life in high school.”
Greenlee and Carpenter became a doubles team during their junior year and said the chemistry is awesome.
“We get along great,” Greenlee said. “There is never anything negative said to each other. we always stay positive and strong out there. We try to keep a strong mentality for doubles tennis.”
Their goal for their final season is to qualify for the state finals.