BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Senior tennis player Jacob Roth would have played his second season of varsity tennis for the Highlanders and was looking to rank in the top 3 in the county tournament this year, said Gov. Livingston tennis coach Joey Panchenko. 

"Jacob has a great attitude, great partner in doubles, good communicator," said Panchenko. Roth was to play first doubles this season.

Roth's favorite high school highlight was, "when I beat Summit’s first doubles in JV when I was a sophomore. Me and my partner, Sean Li were the only people to ever beat Summit from our school."

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He said his favorite youth highlight is simply playing tennis with his father. "It was fun when it was just for fun and I didn’t know what I was doing," he said. 

Roth feels pride to wear the GL uniform. "It feels like I’m representing the entire team as well as our school," he said.

TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of isolation?

Jacob: I am fine. I am still getting a decent amount of exercise done to stay in shape. The only thing I can’t do much of is tennis.

TAPinto: What will the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?

Jacob: I will head right out on the tennis courts and play tennis all day long.


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