Aidan Burt ’21, a newcomer to Andover Boys Tennis, joins the team with a wealth of experience and has already shown to be a key member heading into the season.
Burt began playing tennis competitively five years ago and has trained at the Manchester Athletic Club in Manchester, Mass. He has also competed in year-round tournaments through the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Burt has worked to build his ranking over the past five years, and is currently seated at 203 in the nation and seventh in New England within the class of 2021. His ranking has qualified him to compete in national tournaments in the summer, allowing Burt to become accustomed to playing at the higher levels.
“Since I am only in ninth grade, I am excited to be playing high school tennis for the first time. I have played on a team before, when I helped represent New England when we played against other sections in the country. Team experiences are always really fun, since you get to cheer for your friends during their matches. This year, the team is looking good, and I look forward to traveling with my teammates to play other schools,” said Burt.
Burt will also be an important addition to the varsity team this season on the courts because of the positive energy he brings and his impressive skills, according to Nash Johnson ’20.
“Aidan, as a fresh face, brings new energy and talent to Varsity A. He is always upbeat, happy, and a steady presence at practice. Even in our challenge match, in which he whooped me, he played with grace and a smile. Aidan’s strengths are in his backhand and his experience. He has played competitively for years, and we can see that in how he acts,” said Johnson.