Condie leads Eagles’ tennis team

Mitch Schafer, IVLeader Staff

For those of you students who don’t know who Anthony Condie is, jump on the bandwagon before fame and fortune start flowing his way.

Condie chose to play tennis at LaSalle-Peru High School before the 2009-10 School school year. When asked why he wanted to play tennis, he said, “I wanted to try something new, and I just had to keep myself busy after quitting baseball.”

When asking Julie Condie, Anthony’s mother about her son’s tennis venture up to the date, she said, “I think it’s just great. He is doing what he loves to do, every day of his life.”

Being the fierce competitor Condie signed up for multiple tennis tournaments this past summer. He placed second at the IVCH tournament, losing to Alex Fleshman, currently playing tennis for the University of Illinois, 10-5.

Tournaments were not the only thing Condie participated in over the summer. He became a role model to many kids over the summer, as he taught tennis lessons four hours a day, five days a week. Condie missed the first few days of school this year, as he joined thousands of fans at the Western & Southern Open – a professional tennis tournament that is part of the U.S. Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.

After the season is over in May, he will likely teach children the fundamentals of tennis like he did the previous summer, and prepare to play tennis at either North Central College or Aurora University.

He would like to travel to Cincinnati again for the W & S Open, and get another high-five from Rafael Nadal. When talking about the tournament and the high-five, he explained that it was, “one of the most memorable and gratifying moments of my life.”

Follow Condie on Twitter: @AnthonyCon22 and remember the name, you may hear it on ESPN someday.