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Mallon’s Tennis Career Instills Leadership, Work Ethic

Joey Mallon lives an interesting life on and off the tennis courts at Boys’ Latin. He regularly competes in tournaments in Maryland but often travels out of state and even goes to Mexico to play. Joey makes everyone around him better through his leadership and diligent work ethic, and Joey constantly demonstrates his work ethic on and off the court.

Joey first noticed his love for the game in sixth grade; he would constantly watch and observe the older kids play tennis at Rider Wood Elementary. Although Joey had a rigorous sports agenda, such as soccer, lacrosse, and basketball, he wanted to add tennis to the list. During sixth grade, Joey knew he had the passion and skill level that others did not possess.

Joey joined the Boys’ Latin community five years ago in the eighth grade. Joey regularly showed up to class late because his tennis lessons with the Johns Hopkins coach, Chuck Willenborg, would run late.

“Joestir has a mean backhand,” said fellow classmate Regan Chasney. As a freshman, Joey not only made the Boys’ Latin tennis team but he also excelled. Mallon sat as the first overall tennis player at BL, even though he was a freshman.

Fellow teammate and classmate, Brett Blum, stated, “Joey makes everyone around him better. He not only pushes himself in practice but pushes everyone else to be better.”

Joey is a returning varsity captain and takes his leadership roles very seriously. “Going against him in practice every day only makes me better,” said Blum. “When you play the top competition for practice, it only makes everyone on the team try harder and work harder to try and compete with him.”

Joey Mallon has been ranked in the state as well as nationally. Joey has been ranked as high as the third best tennis player in Maryland and 14th for the mid-Atlantic. Because of these accomplishments, Joey has received sponsors such as Under Amour and Babylon.

Although Mallon has these great individual accomplishments, it also reflects greatly towards Boys’ Latin.  Joey has the opportunity to leave a great legacy and lead BL to a tennis championship.

Outside of the tennis court, Joey lives a typical high school life. He goes to all his classes unlike his competitors who rarely go to school, and tennis takes their first priority. When asked, Mallon replied, “It’s very hard to stay ahead of the game when my competitors practice four to five hours a day while I cannot fit this into my schedule when I have school.” Joey still maintains a smile and is one of the nicest kids on campus.

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