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Jaxcen Hummel - Plainfield HS Tennis

Hummel holds down one of two singles spots all four years for Plainfield tennis

By Mike Beas
Win-loss records might be the ultimate sports revealer, though they don’t always tell the entire story.

Jaxcen Hummel knows this better than most.

The Plainfield senior recently wrapped up his fourth and final season on the Quakers’ boys tennis team with a 10-12 record at No. 1 singles.

Coach Keith Bradley’s crew made it to the title match of the Plainfield Sectional, losing to Avon, 4-1.

“Mostly what Jaxcen gave our program was a steady work ethic,” said Bradley, Plainfield’s boys tennis coach since 2018, and the Quakers’ girls coach since 2008. “I thought he had a great season.”

“We played 14 matches against top 20 competition this season. The matches Jaxcen was supposed to win, he won. He was right there in everything that we did.”

Hummel’s talents and drive have kept him at or near the top of Bradley’s lineup since the get-go.

As a freshman, he split time at No. 1 and 2 singles, filled the latter role during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, and was a constant at No. 1 this time around.

Hummel, who carries a 3.6 grade-point average, was named All-District 5 at the conclusion of the season by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association. On November 5, he’ll compete for the Southwest squad – along with Eli McIntyre and Nolan Kersey of Avon – at the Boys Senior All-Star event.

Jaxcen Hummel - Plainfield High School Tennis
Jaxcen Hummel, Plainfield HS Tennis

Hummel did a Q&A with ICON:
Q: What prompted you to begin playing tennis, and how old were you?
A: I started in sixth-grade. I didn’t want to play football anymore, but still wanted to do a fall sport. The main reason I stuck with it is because it’s more of an individual sport, but still a team sport.

Q: What is the biggest challenge associated with being your team’s top singles player?
A: For me, I felt like I had an expectation to never lose. The pressure is kind of nice. It adds a challenging aspect to it. But once the match starts, I’m more focused on what I need to do to win that match.

Q: Now that your high school tennis career is over, how would you describe these past four seasons?
A: It was definitely a good time. A good four years. I’m glad I stuck with tennis. I had good coaches, good teammates and a supportive family.

Q: What are your plans after graduating from Plainfield High School?
A: I do plan on playing college tennis. I definitely have a few places that I have in mind. I would like to major in studio art and be a freelance artist, whatever that may entail. I would say I’ve been taking art seriously for about six months now. There’s always room for improvement, and I’m still improving.