During his junior season with the University of Nebraska at Omaha tennis team, Matt Frost had a record-breaking year.
He became the first in school history to reach 22 career doubles wins, and he also tied for the most career singles wins with 19.
However, Frost did not add to those wins by redshirting in the 2011-12 season.
Frost, 22, now enters his redshirt senior season after taking a year off and completely stepping away from tennis. He said the break did not help his game at all, but that’s what people need to do sometimes.
“It kind of made me like it more just because I was getting a little burnt out,” Frost said. “I just needed a break for a little while.”
Frost said his greatest strength right now is his mental game. He just has fun playing and doesn’t take tennis too seriously, so it helps him when something goes wrong.
“I don’t get mad like a lot of people if they miss a shot,” Frost said. “They’re just like done for the next few points, but I let it go easily.”
He said he has good strategy because he knows when he should play a point out and when his opportunity arises to score a point.
Endurance is something Frost needs to work on, though. He said maintaining his stamina throughout the game would help make him better.
But overall, Frost said he’s “a little rusty on everything.”
He said he really enjoys playing for UNO. In his first year with the Mavericks, he said tennis was more of a club team because the school had just started the men’s program.
“It’s getting more and more structured,” Frost said, “and we’ve gotten better and better each year just by kids coming in.”
This season, Frost has a new doubles partner, freshman Conner Tieszen.
Frost and Tieszen played together last weekend at the Omaha Intercollegiate Invitational at the Koch Family Tennis Center.
Frost said Tieszen is a great tennis player, but he has been giving Tieszen advice to help him improve at doubles.
With the official season not beginning until February, Frost has four months to shake some of that rust off and work on improving his own game, as well.