Even though he has just entered his first full year as a member of the Vilonia Eagles tennis team, junior Bradley Taylor has already garnered notable success in the Arkansas tennis ranks.
Ever the consummate athlete, Taylor’s sports resume at Vilonia included a stint with the school’s varsity football team and as a catcher for the baseball team prior to pursuing tennis.
"My dad used to play and he started teaching me how," Taylor said.
A mere two years after he began playing tennis, Taylor went on to become the runner-up of a recent tennis tournament that emanated from Conway that boasted a field of 20 to 25 teams across the state.
"In his first full year of tennis with the team, he is already well-versed in all facets of the game," said Vilonia Eagles tennis coach Kirk McDonald. Another one of Taylor’s strengths in and off the court is his leadership skills, McDonald said.
Despite being considered a versatile all-court player, the six-foot-tall Taylor’s trademarks are his strikes, delivery and his aggressive style.
"He has a good serve followed by a nice forehand," said junior Mackenzie Reeves, member of the Lady Eagles tennis team.
"He is really funny, easygoing," Reeves said. "He also encourages you to play at your best."
With September approaching, Taylor closed out the August string of tennis games with decisive victories in singles action against representatives of Morrilton and Greenbrier on the 26th and 28th, respectively.