Boys All-City tennis player of the year: Edmond North's Nate Roper found tennis by accident

As an 8- or 9-year old, Nate Roper and his dad went to to play racquetball, but there were no courts available, so they played tennis instead. Roper's never looked back.
by Jason Kersey Published: June 3, 2012

— Nate Roper started playing tennis by accident.

As an 8- or 9-year old, Roper and his dad went to Oak Tree Country Club to play racquetball, but there were no courts available.

“My dad asked me if I wanted to go play tennis,” Roper said. “Ever since then, I've always wanted to go back and play. I'd always ask to go play tennis.”

The crowded racquetball courts that day turned out to be a gift for Edmond North and Roper himself; the junior is The Oklahoman's All-City Boys Tennis Player of the Year after winning the Class 6A No. 1 singles championship last month and helping the Huskies to a third-straight team title.

As a freshman, Roper won the No. 2 singles title. Last season, he was bumped up to No. 1 singles and lost in the championship match to then-Putnam City North great Chris Haworth. Roper gave Haworth, who now plays at Oklahoma State, as tough a match as he faced all season.

“Haworth's a great player,” Roper said. “It was good to win this year. Every state tournament, you get a little more comfortable with the surroundings. You have the crowds and the atmosphere and the pressure of performing, and each year it gets a little more calming.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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