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April 3, 2014

Marblehead tennis ace Wigglesworth prepared for 2014 season

The effects of a harsh winter are still being felt by high school tennis teams, a majority of whom are waiting for their courts to become playable.

Marblehead standout Chris Wigglesworth hasn’t been hampered by any such problems, however.

The senior first singles player and returning Salem News all-star honed his game all winter playing at the Manchester Athletic Club. Now that spring is here, he can’t wait to get outdoors for his final high school campaign.

“I’m feeling good. I’ve had a good preseason warmup, playing three or four days a week at the MAC,” said Wigglesworth. “I think I have a bit of an advantage over guys who haven’t had the amount of time to play in the offseason as I have. I’m feeling fresh.”

Wigglesworth has been playing first singles for the Magicians since his freshman year, so there isn’t much that’s going to happen between the baselines that he hasn’t seen before. Last spring, he advanced to the second round of the state individual tournament for the first time and is looking to better that this time around.

He’s also looking to build off of his 15-5 individual record in 2013. To help him do so, he’s played as many matches as he possibly could in the offseason, squaring off against guys that play for a pair of powerful local programs: St. John’s Prep and Manchester Essex.

“For me personally, I try to make sure I get a lot of matches in. It’s more about matches than actual practices,” explained Wigglesworth. “I like to play with a few players that are on my level like the St. John’s Prep kids and the Manchester kids; pretty much all the best players in the state.”

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