My statistics--4 star tennis recruit, 11 UTR, #1 Middle States boy's 16's, #140 National ranking boy's 16's, 4.3 GPA, 1250 SAT. This list is a reflection of my hard work on and off the court since I started playing tennis at the age of 8. Like most sports, tennis is generally easier for bigger, stronger players. I was not lucky enough to be one of those 12 year old giants who look like they were 16. What I lacked in size, I made up in athleticism, speed and a competitive heart. I was never intimidated by my competitor's bigger size. It actually motivated me to work harder so I could beat them. I relished those matches against the giants on the opposite side of the net. Over the last several years, I have developed a tenacious defensive game, solid mechanics and a very tough mental attitude. These assets contributed to my statistics.
Over the last several years, my coaches and parents have stressed that my tennis statistics will change as I get bigger. Fortunately, I come from a family of very tall people but unfortunately they grow very late. My two older brothers are 6'6" and 6'3". They both grew 9-12 inches after age 17. My 17th birthday was recently and I am very excited about my future tennis game. I am finally starting to grow and my tennis game is becoming more offensive with a bigger, stronger serve. As I continue to grow over the next few years, I believe I could make a real contribution to a college tennis program. It has always been one of my tennis goals to not just play college tennis but to be an impact player. I know that with my rigorous fitness and on-court training, I can be that player.