Brothers making quite a racket

Aman, a senior, was voted GNAC Tennis Player of the Year by the conference’s head coaches and was a First Team All-Conference selection.,Kapur brothers Aman and Varun have a couple of things in common; they are both film students and they both play tennis for Emerson College.

Aman, a senior, was voted GNAC Tennis Player of the Year by the conference’s head coaches and was a First Team All-Conference selection. Varun, a sophomore, was named Second Team All-Conference last season.

Varun attributes much of his success to his older brother’s influence.

“It’s a lot of pressure,” Varun said. “We often have clashing points of view, but any time we play, he helps me.”

Head Coach Keith Warner said he sees a parallel between Emerson’s Kapur brothers and Harvard’s Blake brothers, who also play tennis. James Blake is currently ranked in the top-ten on the professional circuit and he was also a freshman when his older brother Thomas was a senior.

“Varun had an OK season last year and he definitely ended the season very strong,” Warner said. “It’s always tough on a younger brother, he has big shoes to fill. I’m sure Varun will rise to the occasion.”

The younger Kapur said he has a lot to live up to in maintaining his family’s presence on the team after his sibling graduates.

“My older brother was rookie of the year, player of the year,” Varun said. “That means I have to step it up.”

Last year, the men’s tennis team lost in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference finals, taking three matches to West Atlantic’s six. Warner said the team saw the end result to the season as a disappointment.

“It was definitely a bit of a letdown to lose to West Atlantic College, but we look to get back on track to another championship this year,” Warner said.

This year will be Warner’s eleventh with the team and he has been named GNAC Coach of the Year three times during his tenure. In the last six seasons, Warner has taken his team to the finals each year.

“You have to be lucky a little bit,” Warner said. “If you don’t have the talent, I don’t care about coaching, it’s not going to happen.”

Aman said he has been working hard in preparation for the season. He said he has been going to the gym every day with friends in an attempt to improve his agility and his swing in time for the upcoming matches.

Since he is scheduled to graduate in May, this season will be Aman’s last with the Lions. He said he hopes to end his career on a high note by winning the GNAC title.

“We win it every year, so last year was kind of a disappointment,” he said. “I basically want to win. A few people left [the team], but our core team is still there.”

Kapur also explained that the four years on the team has been one of the best parts of his college experience.

“It’s been a lot of fun, definitely one of the most important parts of my college life,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of my best moments in tennis.”

The team will play its first match in Cambridge against MIT on March 19.