Simon Kopecky ’21 finished his senior year in a new school with a win as the Individual NVL Champion in Boys’ Tennis.
According to the Waterbury Republican, Simon, the No. 2 seed, defeated No. 4 Aiden Moaddel of Watertown, 6-0, 6-1, to win the title. In the quarterfinals, he defeated No. 7 Ryan Butwell of Watertown, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). In the semifinals, he beat No. 6 Caidan Pilarski of Wolcott, 6-1, 6-2.
“I was really relieved,” said Simon. “I was really nervous during the last match because it was the final. After the first match, I was relaxed and felt more confident.”
Simon was introduced to tennis at a very young age by his father. At first, it was a way for him to have fun. He pursued it seriously as a high school student when he realized how adept he was at it.
“Simon worked really hard this season,” said Boys’ Tennis Coach and Math Teacher, Ryan Mulhern. “He is a great competitor and very solid on his forehand and backhand. He is also very good at strategy.”
Simon was a student-athlete at his previous high school, Chase Collegiate. After its closing in August 2020, he along with several of his classmates found his way to Oronoke Road. “It was tough last summer,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect this year. Originally, I wasn’t going to play any sports this year, but I ended up playing soccer in the fall and tennis in the spring.”
Throughout that experience, Simon learned one valuable lesson. “I have to move on from the things I can’t control. I have to go on with my life. That is the only way to get through it. I couldn’t control my old school closing down. I used that as an opportunity to win the championship and make new friends here at Holy Cross.”
This fall, Simon will attend Sarah Lawrence College in New York where he will play soccer.