Matthew didn't play a lot of tennis while in grade school. However, it was not until later in life, when a girlfriend encouraged him to pick up a racket again, that he started to play again. He began playing semi-regularly with some friends, but he knew they would never be as serious about the game as he was becoming. So he joined Tennis Cleveland and now plays as much as six times a week... now that's commitment!
For Matthew, playing tennis is about improving his game and he looks for every opportunity to take on all players seeded above him. If he can find an opponent rated at 4.0-4.5 who is willing to play a less seasoned player, then he will take the opportunity to improve his game. Subsequently, Matthew’s win/loss record is of secondary importance to him; his priority is playing the better players as often as possible.
Tennis, like all sports, allows for competition but it also has a great social aspect where people with a passion for tennis can meet in and outside of the league. Matthew loves to meet up with other players who are passionate about the game.