Lindenhurst’s Jonathan Meyer may be one of the top talents in Suffolk boys badminton, but his value to his team goes beyond his play on the court.
There’s a large group of younger players new to Lindenhurst this year, and Meyer is taking them under his wing while also shooting for best in the county.
“He’s a great leader; he leads by example,” coach Jackie Sadiker. “He’s always willing to help other people around him. He’s one of the players who loves the game and loves to just play.”
Meyer finished fourth at last year’s Suffolk individual championships, and now he’s the top returner looking to return to the bracket and go a game further. He’s 8-0 to start this season, and his coach said he’s a strategic player who uses his athleticism to his advantage.
“You get them to give you a shot where you can use power,” said Meyer, who is 6-foot and also plays volleyball. “You can slow it down first and then when they give you a shot that’s not as deep back in the court, it’s easier to smash.”
Using finesse and strength together can equal wins, and Meyer is trying to impart that to his younger teammates to bring the entire team up to a high level.
And in the end, that could mean more teammates standing with him at the championships, where it could be his time to shine.