Don’t blink, because he might just pass you by.

Michigan tennis captain Anthony Jackson is in his final year as
a Wolverine, and he’s not going to let anything get in his way of
leading the team to success.

Ranked third in the Midwest out of high school, Jackson joined
the team as a freshman with high hopes and virtuous
expectations.

After two years of climbing the proverbial lineup ladder,
Jackson found himself the No. 2 singles player as a junior.

“Anthony came in as a freshman and had a very good year for us
playing number five singles,” assistant coach Dan Goldberg
said.

“He’s gradually worked his way up to where last year he played
No. 2 singles and will likely be in the upper part of our lineup
again this year.”

Despite inconsistency in his play on the court, Jackson managed
to focus and play well throughout the entire season.

“When I am relaxed and focused, I play well and good things are
going to happen,” Jackson said.

During Big Ten play last year, Jackson shocked the collegiate
tennis realm and proved his true skill as a player when he defeated
No. 13-ranked Phil Stolt of Illinois.

“Anthony tends to play better against better competition,”
Goldberg said.

On the court, Jackson has explosive quickness, strength and
extreme potential. At times when he hasn’t played his best tennis
it was due to lack of consistency in his play. When he is in focus
and on top of his game, however, he has proven to be a fierce
competitor.

“At this time last year, (he) was kind of like a rollercoaster,
up and down,” Michigan junior and Jackson’s roommate Vinny Gossain
said. “He needs to stay even-keel, and if he does, there’s not a
lot of guys in the Big Ten that can’t beat him.”

Being the only senior on the team, Jackson is a leader by
example and provides experience, which is a vital component for the
development of this year’s young Michigan team.

Jackson’s wide smile, full braces and childlike personality is
hidden by his massive stature and presence of maturity in front of
his teammates.

He valiantly expressed his role as a senior when he said, “As
the only upperclassman, I have to take more responsibility … have
a positive mindset and that way it will be able to transpire to the
younger players.”

If Jackson allows himself to concentrate this year, he will be
able to lead his team to glory and thrust himself into the
spotlight by shedding his reputation of sporadic play.

“I’m more confident in myself,” Jackson said.

“I just realized that I can play at a competitive, pretty high
level, and I can beat some of these guys. I’ve been a little more
competitive, and I just don’t want to lose.”

Taking a stand as the team’s captain, Jackson

 

 

 

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