From a colleague
referral, Sushil Sharma (also on the league).
How often do you play?
I play roughly
two matches per week.
What do you like most about the league?
Access to many
players in the area with similar skill level. Also flexibility - not
being restricted to a certain / time is great.
Tell us about
your most memorable match(es)
1) vs Jason
Kraman - lost the first set 6-1 but came back to win the last 2 sets.
2) vs Fred M - my
first loss, was memorable not only because the match was.
close (lost in a
3rd set tiebreaker), but also Fred and I have similar playing styles.
Who are your
favorite rivals in the league? Why?
Don't have many
big rivals yet but so far:
1) Jason K - Got
to play 3 matches this session (he won 2) - we seem to bring out the best in
2) Dedan T - We
played 2 matches within a week, I was glad to win both but he's a great
competitor and fun to play with.
Do you have any
other interesting comments about your experiences with the league?
singles and doubles this session. Perhaps not sustainable as it's taking
up a lot of time but it's enjoyable to do both. My partner is colleague (and
3.25 division player Sushil Sharma), and so far so good (4-2 record this far,
How did you get
started playing tennis?
My father played
semi-regularly. He got me a racket and got me into it when I was 11 years
What level player
are you? (NTRP rating)
What do you love
I love the
competitive nature of the game. Uses a combination of hand-eye
coordination, quickness, and other physical traits. But really it's a big
mental challenge, which is fulfilling to try and bring out the best in myself
while having fun, against players of a similar skill level. Lastly it's a good
workout. I'm honestly not a big fan of going to the gym, running on the
treadmill, etc. Tennis is fun and good health-wise.
Who are your
favorite pro players? Why?
Favorite of all
time is Sampras. Partly since he was in his prime from when I first
played tennis to when I was in college. But also his simple yet very
effective style and humility. Out of current players, I hate to give the
obvious-choice answer but Federer has just been such a pleasure to watch.
Not the hardest hitter, fastest or strongest, but just has so often found a way
Tell us a little
bit about yourself, for example: What do you do? Where did you grow up? What
are your hobbies (besides tennis)? (Feel free to share any interesting details
about your life.)
I grew up in the
Philadelphia area (Abington Twp). Went to Penn State for undergrad, and
UC Santa Barbara for grad school in geography/Geographic Information
Systems. All 6 years combined I played in the intramural tennis
tournament, winning the tournament once at Penn State in 4 tries (great
accomplishment I think given ~40k students) and twice at UC Santa Barbara in 4
tries (2 per year).
I have been a
consultant in GIS and statistics for most of my career. Starting early 2016 I
am a Sr. Geospatial Analyst for Insurance company Chubb. I married my wife,
Jodi in 2013 and we have 1 son, Bryce who is almost 2 years old. Already
got him a mini-sized racket!