2014 All-Scholastic Sports #6 - Coyt Majure, Lamar School

By: Louis Montesi, III
By: Louis Montesi, III
Coyt Majure looks forward to studying medicine at the University of Alabama, but the one-time 3rd-ranked tennis player in Mississippi still has a year to compete.

Lamar Senior Coyt Majure

During his four years at Lamar, Coyt Majure's tennis game has improved so much, that smaller colleges have begun reaching out to him, a scenario that seemed a far-cry three years ago.

"I remember the first couple of tournaments I played in the UTSA (United States Tennis Association). I didn't win a single match, and it was kinda disappointing," said Majure.

Since those early days, he has been ranked as high as third in Mississippi by the UTSA, but it was a state tournament qualifier three years ago on the Delta State campus that left Lamar Tennis coach Bill Autry in awe.

"He had a tough draw, and he was like this skinny little ninth grader, and he had to play three matches in that one day, and he was on the court... I think it was probably almost like nine hours," said Autry. "That spirit showed me what he was made of."

Majure scored a 33 on his ACT and is a national merit finalist, one of only two in Lauderdale County.

"Coyt is extremely bright, but he's not arrogant about it," said Lamar math teacher Phyllis Skipper. "He is a quiet student. He doesn't require my motivation. He's self-motivated, and I like that."

Coyt was recommended for a programat Emory University that would allow him to shadow doctors when he just a high school freshman. That experience has inspired him to study medicine.

He still has a few college visits to make, but he's leaning toward the University of Alabama.


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