Dutchman of the week: Max McGeown ’19

Courtesy of Union Athletics
Courtesy of Union Athletics

Hometown: Lexington, MA
Major: Environmental Policy
Sport: Tennis

Q: When did you first start playing tennis and what got you into it?

A: I started playing tennis around age three. My mom was and still is a really big tennis player and was the one who introduced me to the sport. It wasn’t my favorite sport at first, but I remember around the age of eight when I won a match and thought to myself, “Wait a minute, I’m good at this.” From there, I began to develop a passion for it.


Q: What is your favorite part about playing for the team here at Union?

A: Being on a team is really cool. Having a group of guys all working towards the same goal, trying to become better tennis players and better people, is a great experience.


Q: What is something you’ve learned through playing for the Union team?

A: Having to play injured this fall has been difficult. Playing any college sport is tough; you’re always battling injuries and fighting against adversity, and in life nothing ever comes easy, you’re always trying to overcome setbacks. In high school I played on one of the best teams, but coming to college I’ve been introduced to a whole different level of competition. It’s taught me that there is always room for growth and improvement.


Q: What is something that being a student-athlete has taught you?

A: Time-management. Balancing tennis, academics and social life, trying to get good grades and maintain a social life is not easy. You can’t really slack off and just play video games, you have to stay focused on the tasks at hand and that has helped me a lot.


Q: What is your favorite memory playing for the team?

A: I have two. Our spring break trip last year down in Florida was one of the most fun times I’ve had. It’s really where we bonded as a team and got close. March really marks the start of the spring season and it was a great way to kick off the term. This year, my doubles partner David and I defeated a doubles pair from Hamilton that we had previously lost to earlier in the fall. Seeing that improvement in ourselves was a great feeling.


Q: What do you want to accomplish when you return to the courts in the spring?

A: Hopefully we can improve upon our record from last year. Our fall season wasn’t the greatest but I definitely feel like we are improving and I think we can definitely win a few more matches, especially in league play. We also got blown out a lot last year, and this year I want to stay competitive in every match, even if we’re losing.


Q: What is your favorite thing to eat on campus?

A: Grilled chicken quesadilla on wheat with two cups of salsa on the side. I fell in love with that last year.


Q: What is your favorite thing to do off campus?

A: Probably eat. My favorite place to go for lunch is Bier Abbey.




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