Junior Alex Wolkoff of UR Women’s Tennis was selected as the University Athletic Association’s women’s tennis athlete of the week. Wolkoff led the team against Oberlin College this past weekend with a 4–0 record, contributing to UR’s 11–4 record overall.
How did you first get into tennis?
My aunt was a tennis instructor and asked if I wanted to start playing when I was about 10years old. After taking a few lessons from her, I realized I really enjoyed the sport.
Is your family a good support system?
My family is a wonderful support system. They always wish me luck before my matches and ask how it went afterwards.
What do you enjoy most about playing?
I love the competitive atmosphere and being able to hang out with the team.
How does it feel to be named UAA athlete of the week?
It feels great. It is good to see that the team’s hard work is getting appreciated.
In your perspective, how did your match go this past weekend?
I thought the match went really well. Everyone on the team played really well, and looked liked they had fun competing the entire time. It was a great team effort.
What are some good tips for people just starting off playing the sport?
Having a good mental attitude is key in tennis. Therefore, don’t get too down on yourself every time you miss a shot. No one is perfect. Even the pros make mistakes.
Do you have a favorite tennis player, and if so who and why?
My favorite player is Roger Federer. I admire how calm and collected he is on the court.
Do you enjoy playing any other sports or are you involved in any activities?
I used to play soccer in high school. I am also involved in greek life on campus.
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