Interview with JMTA Student
Q. Who is your tennis idol? Why?
A. “Andre Agassi has been an inspiration to me because of his great work ethic and dedication to overcome challenges he faced during his career. Because of his ambition, I have learned to push myself harder in tennis practice and playing matches. I also admire Dominika Cibulkova, a Slovak like me, because of her fierce attitude and desire for the game has helped develop a more intense style of play.”
Q. Describe your greatest tennis victory.
A. “My greatest victory thus far was when I won in three tough sets in the National Semi-Final against a really strong player, it was at least three hours long, not to mention I was down a set and a break and then came back and won 7-5 in the third set. This match showed me that despite the score I should never give up because anything is possible.”
Q. Describe your greatest tennis loss and how you overcame that loss.
A.“My most recent tennis struggle was at the 2013 Easter Bowl in Palm Springs, CA. During my second back draw match, I faced one of the closest matches I’ve ever played. I never had a match point, but I was always in the lead. Despite my loss, I fought to the very end and gave it my all hoping not to hand the match over to my opponent. I came away from this loss knowing I could play at a higher level and that I had not reached my potential. This match gave me the courage to push myself harder and play with more confidence. Two weeks later, I swept through 5 matches that led me to the 18s Sectional final, which led to a 3 hour match, soon to be victory. My loss from Easter Bowl encouraged my behavior on the court during my Sectional Tournament.”
Q. You are expected to play your first ITF tournament in June, how have you been preparing and what are you most looking forward to?
A.“First of all, I am very excited to play my very first ITF tournament because I will have the opportunity to play against players from all around the world and get to play on grass, which I have never played on grass before. I’ve begun to incorporate a more intense physical exercise routine and have changed my diet by cutting out sugar and eating more natural foods in order for me to meet my physical goals. As far as my tennis training goes, I’ve been focusing more on match strategy along with shot selection and trying to improve my serve.”