Tennis is a shared family hobby in the Massaro family.
Andrew Massaro, an 18-year-old Vineland resident, first began playing tennis around seventh grade with guidance from his father and older brother.
“It’s something I like to do,” Massaro said. “I can go out and play with my dad, my brother and my friends, and just get my mind off of things.”
His father, Dominic, coached Vineland from 1989 to 2003 and led the Fighting Clan to Cape-Atlantic League American Conference titles from 1999 to 2002.
His brother, Patrick, played first and second doubles in 2008 and 2009.
Massaro began playing third singles as a freshman at Vineland High School and moved up to second singles this season, his senior year.
He was part of a sweep by the Fighting Clan in the Cumberland County Flight Championships last weekend. Massaro won the second singles title, but Vineland also won first and third singles and first and second doubles. Vineland, Millville, Bridgeton and Cumberland Regional competed in the championships.
Vineland’s coach, Harry Silverstein, who replaced Andrew’s father as coach, recognizes Andrew’s strong competitive nature.
“I’ve been coaching for 31 years and he’s in the net more than anybody I’ve ever met,” Silverstein said. “He’s always attacking. He loves the net, loves it.”
Andrew, who is 7-3 for the season and 86-16 in his career, attributes his success in tennis to being mentally prepared.
“I would say it’s about 70 percent mental and 30 percent physical,” he said. “Keeping it cool and staying positive is important.”
The honorable mention Press All-Star last season said he’s most proud of his team for winning a share of the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title last season.
“That was a good experience for me,” he said.
After losing to rival Mainland Regional earlier this season, he hopes his team can claim victory in their second match, which is scheduled for May 5.
“We lost 3-2 in the first match this season, so I’m looking forward to playing them again and hopefully winning this time,” Massaro said.
Massaro also looks forward to continuing his tennis career after high school when he plays for Gloucester County College next year.
The school has won the National Junior College Athletic Assocation national championship the last four years.
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