Athlete's Net Gain

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Nathan Melnyk, a junior at Harborfields High School, became what is believed to be New York's first wheelchair athlete to compete against able-bodied students in a varsity high school tennis match on April 26, 2016, when he took to the court in a doubles match at Smithtown East.

Due to the inclement weather, the game was suspended until May 2. Melnyk and his partner, Bobby Bellino, a freshman, won their varsity double match against Smithtown East in a 6-0, 6-0 victory.

Congratulations to both players on this tremendous accomplishment.  

Check out the Newsday links below to read the full story and view video coverage of the match. A subscription may be required to view the links.

Photos courtesy of Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/tennis/harborfields-doubles-team-of-melnyk-bellino-serve-up-history-1.11754188

http://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/tennis/harborfields-nate-melnyk-makes-varsity-debut-1.11733256


http://www.newsday.com/sports/high-school/tennis/wheelchair-athlete-nathan-melnyk-makes-varsity-tennis-debut-1.11733986

http://www.newsday.com/sports/tennis/wheelchair-athlete-nathan-melnyk-makes-high-school-varsity-tennis-debut-1.11734292-