White doesn’t have to look far for partner

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 4, 2000

Natchez native Richard White and Brent Thomas of Austin, Texas make a good tennis team. So good that they decided to continue playing together into the summer.

White and Thomas, who both attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College, also play men’s doubles in tennis for the Wolfpack.

When White was looking for a partner to compete with him in this weekend’s AmSouth Natchez Cancer Tennis Tournament, he looked no farther than Thomas.

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And while the pair were beaten in the second round by Charles Crump and Mickey Thornton 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, they still enjoyed being together one more time.

&uot;It really helps, I&160;think, to have somebody that I&160;know so well to play with when I’m playing somewhere other than school,&uot;&160;White said.

Thomas and White went to the state tournament with the Wolfpack at Jones Community College, and the tandem took the runners-up trophy home.

&uot;I&160;think we play real well together, and it just helps to know your partner, and know how he hits, and what he does in certain situations,&uot; White said.

White, who has only practiced twice since the state tournament, said he had no ideas about anyone in the Cancer Tournament.

&uot;I&160;hadn’t ever played against most of these people out here, and that kind of made me nervous, but it’s been okay so far,&uot; he said

White likened the competition in the Cancer Tournament to the level of competition at the junior college level.

&uot;I’ve seen a lot of good players out here,&uot;&160;he said. &uot;I’m just glad that I’m getting a chance to play. It’s a fun thing to do over the summer to kind of keep in shape.&uot;

White, who is also playing mixed doubles, said that he would rather play doubles.

&uot;It’s just a lot quicker of a pace in doubles, and I&160;think I’m a lot better doubles player than singles or mixed doubles player,&uot;&160;White said.

White also anticipates another good year at Co-Lin.

&uot;My first year was a really good one, and I&160;think next year might be even better,&uot;&160;he said.

&uot;I&160;think we can go all the way next year, and win state. We’ve got some good young players coming up, and we’ve got a guy coming in from Croatia, and he’s going to be awesome for us.&uot;