with permission from Tam Le.
The unlikely pair instantly clicked, becoming largely successful in Costa Mesa’s pre-league match-ups. Their play styles complimented each other since Le is an aggressive net player and poacher, while Nguyen’s ground strokes controlled the pace from the baseline.
Last Friday around 9 AM Orange Coast League Doubles Champions, Tam Le and Max Nguyen, played their last official high school tennis match together. The duo played their last match at the state CIF at Corona Del Mar High School against Santiago High School’s doubles team. After winning the first set 6-3, then losing 3-6, they lost in the tiebreaker set 7-10. Regardless, returning from their match, Tam and Max had bright smiles on their faces as they relished over a successful season. The team had been extremely successful in league, holding a record of 23-1, losing once the season to Eric Cerros and Matt Thomas from Estancia High School.
Both of these players are far from new to the game and have had some previous playing experience. Tam has played for nine years (on and off) including playing in the league since freshman year. Max on the other hand has played for five years (on and off) and has a decent amount of tournament experience. Max has also been coached privately before and is encouraged to play by his dad. At times Max feels that he could have been a lot better if he didn’t stop playing. When asked about this he says he regrets it a lot. After playing with Tam and being so successful at playing doubles, Max doubts that he can return to playing singles. This would give him a better chance in succeeding; since the single’s top positions have consistently been dominated by Laguna Beach High’s players.
The future looks bright for these two. After graduating this year, Tam plans to go to UCI and is considering majoring in engineering and architecture. Max, on the other hand, has plenty of time to improve on an already strong foundation of his game. Currently a freshman, Max has another four years to improve on his weaknesses and polish his strengths.