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New Coach Looks to Grow MHS Boys Tennis


Lifelong tennis enthusiast Lisa Caruso remembers the glory days of American men's tennis, when superstar players like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe dominated the sports landscape. The Milford High grad is looking to bring a small slice of that success to the Scarlet Hawks as she steps into her first season as the boys' tennis head coach.
"I really just want this sport to spread," Caruso said. "I want to make tennis a more popular sport again. There was a time when you couldn't get a tennis court, you were on a waiting list and they limited your time. I want to grow this sport because it's something you can play for a lifetime."
Caruso, who works as the nurse at MHS, said she regularly plays tennis with people in their 60s and 70s. One regular playing partner is the grandfather of one of the members of this year's team. Caruso said the athletic department reached out because of her love for the sport and desire to see the program thrive.
The first challenge will be building on the numbers for this season. While the Scarlet Hawks' roster features experienced tennis players, only five boys attended a preseason meeting. Caruso is confident she will have at least seven, the minimum number required to field a team, and said some student-athletes have already reached out about playing if they are cut from another spring sport.
"We are hoping to get kids from other teams," she said. "There are some kids with experience in tennis so if a kid doesn't make the baseball team, they could still play a sport. And maybe it will turn out that they are a great tennis player."
Caruso also said she wants to give back and pass along the knowledge she has amassed in tennis over her lifetime of playing the game. A 1983 graduate of Milford High, Caruso has been a fixture with the Milford Community Use tennis camps for the past three years and also teaches adult beginner lessons.
As the boys' team grows in number, it will work out with the girls' program and come together as one big team. As the numbers tick up, the coach also wants to see her existing players further develop their skills and appreciation for the game, as she did when she learned to play on the Milford courts.
"I played hear a long time ago and I am really excited to be back with the program," she said, "I've come full circle."




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