Ethan Montoya hasn't lost a match this season but they have all been doubles matches. “I'm actually a singles player,” said the Littleton senior, who is 11-0 in doubles matches including 10 with …
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Ethan Montoya hasn't lost a match this season but they have all been doubles matches.
“I'm actually a singles player,” said the Littleton senior, who is 11-0 in doubles matches including 10 with his sophomore brother Ollie. “I kind of wanted to mix it up so I'm trying doubles this year.
“I would say I'm a much better singles players than a doubles player but so far it's been pretty fun. Me and my brother are actually partners right now. When he makes mistakes I feel like I'm a little hard on the kid. Whenever he does make a mistake I like to scream at him.”
Montoya is also a swimmer and says he was naturally drawn to tennis.
“I am actually a member of this little club named Skyline,” said Montoya. “We play tennis and swim. We wake up every morning in the summer at 6 and then at 1 the tennis practice starts. Tennis is one of those sports which I much better at. I`ve just always kind of had natural talent for the sport and I love the sport.
“Swimming is also very fun. There is more exercise in swimming it's not as fun but it gets me in shape. Personally I would say I'm a better swimmer than I am a tennis player.”
Montoya and his brother Ollie are 10-0 at No. 4 doubles. Ethan Montoya and Zach Rodriguez won their only match at No. 2 doubles.
“He's having a good season. We let the kids pick their own doubles partners for the most part.”
Ed Doyle, Littleton boys tennis coach
Who is your favorite athlete?
Probably Michael Phelps in terms of swimming. I usually watch swimming more than tennis. He is the kind of the athlete I look up to and the best in the world.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
Honestly, probably the competition with my brother. My brother is always getting better and better and I can't be worse than my brother.
What would be a perfect performance in your sport?
Probably just 6-0, 6-0.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Biology. I've always been interested in biology. My dad is a doctor and I kind of maybe want to be one but I'm also interested in physics but I've never taken a class.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I like to play the piano. Me and my friends like to play video games together. I play spike ball. It's like another hobby.
What are your plans after high school?
I do plan to go to college and do plan to do well in college and I guess get a medical degree like my father.
Is it more difficult to hit a good serve or return a good serve?
I would probably say to return to good serve. Returning a good serve is extremely hard. I'm more of a powerful server and most of the time it goes in. You have guys that just hit really, really hard serves and they are just impossible to return.
Is there anything you would change about high school tennis?
The one thing I would change is when a person serves and the ball hits an opponent before it hits the ground, then it's the server's point. My brother and I have been dinged a few times. It happens but it is very rare.
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