Meet the tennis players

Tennis team members Julianne Chamberlain, Lilli Flores, Brooke OBrien, Andrew Carson, Hugo Houel, and Robert Geiger all pose together on the court.
Tennis team members Julianne Chamberlain, Lilli Flores, Brooke O’Brien, Andrew Carson, Hugo Houel, and Robert Geiger all pose together on the court.
Senior Lilli Flores reaches out to spike the ball.
Lilli Flores (12)

What do you do to get yourself ready for a match?

A: “Just wait to get called up, depends on the opponent.”

Do you have any superstitions?

A: “Have to rotate grip a certain amount of times until it feels right.”

What’s your favorite part about match days?

A: “Being able to see different playing levels.”

What is one thing you think people get wrong about tennis?

A: “People think it’s a boring sport.”

What’s the hardest part about tennis and why?

A: “Mindset, I used to get down easily. I feel more focused with a doubles partner.”

What’s your favorite snack for match days?

A: “Small things like goldfish.”

Who’s your favorite professional tennis player and why?

A: “Stefanos Tsitsipas because he makes me feel better about losing.”

What’s your favorite racket brand and why?

A: “Head because they are narrow.”

Do you plan on pursuing tennis after high school and why?

A-: “Yes, as a hobby.”

Senior Lilli Flores reaches out to spike the ball. (Avery Steinke)
Junior Brook OBrien swings her tennis racquet at the ball.
Brooke O’Brien (12)

What do you do to get yourself ready for a match?

A: “Get good sleep and hydrate a lot.”

Do you have any superstitions?

A: “Gold hoops and no hats.”

What music gets you hyped to play?

A: “Country music, Stargazing by Travis Scott and Sicko Mode.”

What’s your favorite part about match days?

A: “Playing with Luvenia and hearing my teammates cheering for me.”

What is one thing you think people get wrong about tennis?

A: “Volleys are so easy.”

What’s the hardest part about tennis and why?

A: “Forehands because I find my backhand to be easier.”

What’s your favorite snack for match days?

A: “Fruit snacks.”

Who’s your favorite professional tennis player and why?

A: “Rafael Nadal because he’s so good on clay courts and has good technique and style.”

What’s your favorite racket brand and why?

A:  “Wilson because my grandpa’s last name is Wilson.”

Do you plan on pursuing tennis after high school and why?

A: “Yes, because tennis makes me happy and I’ve played for ten years.”

 

Junior Brook O’Brien swings her tennis racquet at the ball. (Maya Ortiz)
Senior Hugo Houel prepares to serve the ball.
Hugo Houel (12)

What do you do to get yourself ready for a match?

A: “Drink a lot of water, stretch, and clear my mind.”

Do you have any superstitions?

A: “I have to have a dampener.”

What music gets you hyped to play?

A: “Musicals, but specifically Part Of Your World from the live-action Little Mermaid.”

What’s your favorite part about match days?

A: “Getting to socialize and support team.”

What is one thing you think people get wrong about tennis?

A: “You can just swing and do good.”

What’s the hardest part about tennis and why?

A: “Your fitness because the game is about always moving.”

What’s your favorite snack for match days?

A: “Apple Sauce.”

Who’s your favorite professional tennis player and why?

A: “Rafael Nadal because he has a great fighting spirit and is super fit.”

What’s your favorite racket brand and why?

A: “Babolot because it’s French and Nadal uses it.”

Do you plan on pursuing tennis after high school and why?

A: “Yes because it’s a part of my life.”

 

Senior Hugo Houel prepares to serve the ball. (Avery Steinke)
Junior Andrew Carson walks across the court.
Andrew Carson (11)

What do you do to get yourself ready for a match?

A: “Sit and clear my mind and try to focus on what I can do to win.”

Do you have any superstitions?

A: “Have to use the correct side of my racket.”

What music gets you hyped to play?

A: “Classical music.”

What’s your favorite part about match days?

A: “Spending time with the team.”

What is one thing you think people get wrong about tennis?

A: “People misunderstand the physical side of it.”

What’s the hardest part about tennis and why?

A: “Staying composed and keeping your mental game strong because it can be easy to get frustrated.”

What’s your favorite snack for match days?

A: “Orange Gatorade.”

Who’s your favorite professional tennis player and why?

A: “John Isner because he’s the serve man!”

What’s your favorite racket brand and why?

A: “Wilson because when I was younger, my mom took me to the courts to play and a random man gave me his racket when he was done playing and it was a Wilson.”

Do you plan on pursuing tennis after high school and why?

A: “Yes because I love the sport and I want to do it forever.”

Junior Andrew Carson walks across the court. (Avery Steinke)
Senior Julianne Chamberlain watches the opponent and prepares to move to hit the ball back.
Julianne Chamberlain (12)

What do you do to get yourself ready for a match?

A: “Get in a good meal and mindset, and make sure to drink a lot of water.”

Do you have any superstitions?

A: “Have to wear a certain pair of socks.”

What music gets you hyped to play?

A: “Yeet or Taylor Swift.”

What’s your favorite part about match days?

A: “Being with my friends and supporting them.”

What is one thing you think people get wrong about tennis?

A: “It’s an easy sport.”

What’s the hardest part about tennis and why?

A: “The heat and keeping yourself in check.”

What’s your favorite snack for match days?

A: “Fruit snacks.”

Who’s your favorite professional tennis player and why?

A: “Serena Williams because she’s a legend.”

What’s your favorite racket brand and why?

A: “Babolot because it’s gotten me through the last two years and is super durable.”

Do you plan on pursuing tennis after high school and why?

A: “Yes, when I get older though because I want to focus on my academics through college.”

Senior Julianne Chamberlain watches the opponent and prepares to move to hit the ball back. (Avery Steinke)
Junior Robert Geiger rolls up his sleeves as he gets ready for the next match.
Robert Geiger (11)

What do you do to get yourself ready for a match?

A: “Nothing really specific.”

Do you have any superstitions?

A: “No.”

What music gets you hyped to play?

A: “I don’t really get hyped with music, but musicals.” 

What’s your favorite part about match days?

A: “Just playing tennis.”

What’s the hardest part about tennis and why?

A: “Playing in really hot temperatures.”

What’s your favorite snack for match days?

A: “Cashews.”

Who’s your favorite professional tennis player and why?

A: “Nadal because he always has big comebacks.”

What’s your favorite racket brand and why?

A: “Babolot because I haven’t tried other brands.”

Do you plan on pursuing tennis after high school and why?

A: “Probably just recreationally.”

Junior Robert Geiger rolls up his sleeves as he gets ready for the next match. (Avery Steinke)
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