|June 8, 2012||Filled under Covering the Field, Sports||
Tristan Arthaud is versatile. “Tristan has played in both the number one and two doubles positions with different teammates,” said Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head boys tennis coach Frank Babbott. “His doubles partners enjoy his competitive spirit and he works hard to find different strategies with different partners against different opponents that work. He is versatile enough to play singles and has done so an a few occasions. He has a good record and he has improved a lot this season,” coach Babbott added.
Born on Aug. 1, 1995 and raised in Charlotte, Arthaud is the middle child of the family. His family includes parents Katherine and Paul, older brother Dylan, a junior at Holderness, younger sister Caroline, an eighth grader at the Charlotte Central School, and three dogs, a black Labrador retriever named Shadow, a pug called Ella, and a German shepherd named Warden.
He credits his parents for his interest in tennis. “I probably picked up a racquet for the first time when I was just old enough to hold one,” Arthaud mentions. “My parents took me to Florida a lot and I learned to play tennis there. I played in Jupiter, Fla. for many years until high school.”
Arthaud insists he does not have a personal ritual before a match. “I just try to keep my mind clear. Other than that I keep it pretty lighthearted,” he admits. Coach Babbott agrees, “Tristan adds a lighthearted ingredient to the practices and matches which is enjoyed by most of the team most of the time. Tristan is a good listener, a good student of the game, and he is popular with his teammates and opponents.” Sounds like an ideal situation for Arthaud’s return to the courts next year.
A 3-year varsity tennis player Arthaud prefers doubles and this is where he obviously excels. “I almost always play doubles,” he commented. “One of my strengths ‘ideally’ is my consistency. And I’m known for being a threat at the net. I’m pretty tall and that works to my advantage.”
Arthaud even uses his tennis acumen for community service. He volunteers by teaching tennis in Burlington. “I started to attend Jake’s [Jake Agna, South Burlington head girls tennis coach and Kids on the Move Development Director at King Street Center] clinics at King Street about five or six years ago. It wasn’t until this year that I began to work with Jake as a volunteer,” he mentioned. “I really enjoy working with King Street. It’s a great opportunity to help out and work with younger kids. I plan on continuing to work with Jake now that the season is over; I just have to figure out my schedule,” Arthaud shared.
“I don’t have one specific thing that I would consider my greatest achievement,” he said in answer to a question. “There’s not one thing. Not really. Instead there are many things,” Arthaud reiterated never giving a specific example. But that’s not surprising; this humble teenager has much to be proud of.
A junior at CVU, Arthaud is clear about attending college after high school graduation although he is undecided about a specific area of study, “Possibly business or biology,” he mentions. Either way Arthaud is still way ahead of the game and as they say in tennis: the ball is definitely in his court.