WEST ORANGE, NJ - Justin Cadeau is an 11-year-old West Orange resident who has quite a lot to boast about. Not only is Justin a high performing academic student, he is ranked No. 16 in Boys Tennis in NJ for the Twelve and under grouping. He is also currently ranked at No. 87 in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
Justin's love of tennis has been lifelong. His Dad, James, is a tennis trainer and has been working with Justin since he was a toddler. The Cadeau family is comprised of Justin, his younger brother Elliott, his Dad, James, who originally hails from Haiti, and his Mom, Michelle, who is Swedish born.
Justin will be attending school full time in September at Center Court Athletic Club in Chatham, with academics provided through Laurel Springs, a unique program that will provide a curriculum specifically tailored to Justin. Attending school at Center Court will provide Justin the opportunity to achieve his goal of becoming a professional tennis player.
We asked Justin a few questions about tennis and himself:
What do you like about tennis? What other sports to you play and what do you like about them?
I like the competitiveness when you are not on a team so you can only blame yourself when you don't do well, and when you win you know it is all you. I love basically everything about tennis. I like to play basketball and football, but more as hobbies.
What are your goals over the next few months with tennis?
To raise my ranking, to improve, and be able to compete with the top kids.
What areas are you really strong in and what areas do you need improvement in?
I am very strong in my serve and my forehand and I am really fast. I need to improve my second serve and my mental toughness. I tend to get down on myself.
How will you be sure to keep your grades high as well as compete?
Well, I always work as hard academically as on the tennis court. Off the court I try to keep my mind on school.
What advice do you have for other kids in West Orange that want to play tennis?
At least try! There are a bunch of public courts in West Orange so basically all you need is a racket. Trust me, if you practice hard and become good, you will have no regrets!
Justin plays in tournaments almost every weekend. His next tournament is the +L1 Centercourt Chatham Eastern Designated Closed Champs L3 on May 17, an Eastern Division Sectional.