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Midway Open- Singles Champion(2012)
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2nd place-Regional Qualifier - District 29-2A(Freshman)(2011)
I give everything I got on and off the court and always try to rise above adversity. The best part of my game is my mental ability and my serve. My weakness is lack of experience because I have only been playing for about four years, which is usually less than most of my opponents. I have been trained to be able to make a shot at any point on the court, which usually helps with my lack of experience. My serve is a solid mixture of power and kick, which helps me control the point at the baseline or at the net. My return game is usually consistent and deep. I am successful in a match when I find a way to get to the net and remain consistent on my serve. My defensive game is a weapon when I need it in which I use speed and topspin to stay in points when all seems lost. What distinguishes me from most players is the ability to turn another players offense into my offense using a counter-offensive attack that catches my opponents by surprise. I work a lot on athleticism to help me with agility, speed, and acceleration to give me an advantage over most of my opponents. Athleticism is something I take seriously and it has given me the ability to beat many opponents that I couldn't beat with "pure skill".
I am a healthy competitor, and I always leave it all on the court. I have always had a mentality that it doesn't matter how good you say you are or what other people think it only matters how you perform on the court. In a tournament I usually won't look at the bracket much, I just see my next opponent and think about what I have to do to get past him. I have held a leadership position on the tennis team since sophomore year, and that is role I take seriously because I want others to be their best. Tennis is a passion of mine and I plan on playing for a long time competitively or recreationally. The reason I like tennis is because it combines so many different skills and it involves a lot of mental toughness, which is one of my strengths and is a reason for many of my big late comebacks in matches. My goal as a player is to be a "tough" opponent meaning that it will take a lot of effort to beat me even if you are better than me. I am an emotional player, but I don't let it get to me in matches. I do whatever it takes to win simply because I don't like losing, but if I do lose I do it with class and hit the courts to improve my weaknesses in previous matches.
I have always taken a natural leadership role on the tennis team and I am usually the motivator to help others become their best. My faith is what motivates me and I try to reflect that in everything I do so others can do the same. Off the courts I would consider myself a leader by example by simply doing my best in everything I do. I love to encourage other people and show them their full potential as an athlete or a student. I believe there is a calling for everyone in this world and I love helping people find their own calling to this world. As an "experienced" player I have made it my goal to leave a good influence on younger tennis players. Many young players start and quit later down the road because they think that they aren't good enough. This is something I experienced when I started, but many people told me to stick with it because I had potential in the sport. Sticking with tennis was one of the best decisions of my life because it taught me how to "rise up". This is what I try to tell other athletes that want to quit because they don't win when they first start. Reality is most people don't win instantly after starting something new, but setting goals and conquering them is how someone truly succeeds.
I definitely put academics before athletics. I try my best in both although athletics is more fun. I believe athletics can bring out the true character of every person and it is a healthy way of living. I want to be my absolute best in athletics, but I know that most won't make a living based on their athletic abilities so my future is mainly determined by academics and what I do in school. There is no laziness when it comes to pursuing a healthy student-athlete performance because it takes a lot of time to achieve greatness in both. After practice I go home and almost immediately start homework or study time to ensure I don't fall behind in school. I do believe that high school is a time that we all should enjoy so if I think I am pushing to hard I will ease down a little to enjoy the experience, but I have to remember that I'm in high school to get an education for the future. I have always been taught to finish what I start, and by doing this I have gone farther than I ever thought I could. Setting high expectations for myself is what motivates me to compete. I simply love to win and compete so when I don't win I find a way to get better so I can win next time. Losing is not fun, but I am not afraid of losing because I know that each loss is a lesson. Losing can often teach a person more than winning ever could and I believe that it is not about how many wins someone gets, but how well someone rises after falling that defines their success.
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