Tennis player won't exchange experience

By: Cecil Conley, Sports Editor
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Leaving his family in Glis, Switzerland was difficult for David Fux. Bidding farewell to all his new friends at Lincoln High School after just one year will be even more of a challenge for the junior. Fux is making the most of his time with the Zebras. He is the No. 1 singles player for the tennis team and the favorite to claim the boys championship at the Pioneer Valley League tournament. The singles tournament will be today at Auburn Racquet Club, followed by the doubles competition on Friday. After all, Fux did not lose a single match during the PVL season. He extended his streak of success in his final home match Tuesday afternoon with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Colfax junior Kyle Borges. Senior Jessica Ho was also victorious in her home-court finale with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Jessica Sanchez. Her teammates paid a fitting tribute to Ho by forming a tunnel at the gate as she left the court for the last time. Ho has been Lincoln’s No. 1 girls player in each of her four seasons with the Zebras. Fux will hold the top spot for the boys for one year, but he has also earned the respect of his teammates. “We really didn’t have a heir apparent. No one was going to be a real No. 1,” coach Tim Allen said. “When the kids thought (Fux) might be a strong player, they were really excited to have him. “He fits in with the team. This is his first year and he’s already like a leader on the team.” His teammates have learned that Fux prefers his last name to be pronounced as “Fox.” The French pronunciation of his name sounds a lot like a certain four-letter word that Allen would rather not hear. “That’s really something there,” Fux joked. Fux has developed a sense of humor even though he admits he does not understand English jokes. “Everybody’s laughing,” he said, “and I didn’t get the joke.” For example, Fux revealed during an interview with a newspaper reporter that he has a girlfriend in Lincoln. When the reporter replied, “I’ve got the scoop,” Fux quickly asked what that meant. His girlfriend happened to be within earshot at the time. Kacie Freymond was practicing on a nearby field with the softball squad. Freymond smiled when asked about her foreign boyfriend. “He’s really sweet,” Freymond said of Fux. “He’s one of the kindest people I could ever imagine.” As difficult as it was for Fux to leave his family, he has no idea how he will say goodbye to Freymond. “It’s almost harder because when I left (Switzerland), I knew I was going to come back,” Fux explained. “I never know if I’m going to come back here. All my friends, I may never see them again.” Fortunately for Fux, Freymond revealed she has already planned a trip to Switzerland in December. By then, Fux will be hitting the books with the goal of one day becoming an elementary school teacher. “I love children,” he said. “I just love working with them.”