Athlete Profile: Emily Ta (12)

  1. If you have any, what are some of your pre-game routine? Pre-game meal?
  2. How long have you been playing this sport and what got you into it?
  3. What was something you got out of this sport?
  4. How has being part of the team change you?
  5. Role model/inspiration
  6. Biggest challenge?
  7. What pushed you past your limit?
  8. Memorable game?
  9. If this sport was gone, what other sport would you choose to play?
  10. Did you ever hit a breaking point during training or game? If so, how did you get out of it?
  11. How do you mentally prepare before the game?
  1. I don’t have anything specific, but I always make sure to eat something at lunch before games, even if it’s only a granola bar.
  2. I have been playing tennis for 4 years.  Interestingly, I didn’t initially intend on joining this sport at all, but some where during the end of pre-season, I was attracted to the outside environment and long-program that Coach Lou has built; I was fortunate enough to have a few friends (that I just met) to encourage me to join.  
  3. Besides a bad tan line that I got out of tennis, I learned about the importance of working collectively and efficiently as a team, in strife of our goal to win league.
  4. Being a part of the team has opened me up more to just be myself without having anyone to judge because they are just as wack.  I have changed to become more confident in myself and more compassionate towards everyone.
  5. Though there are incredible professional tennis players out there such as Roger Federer, I am actually most inspired by my own teammates.  Shout out to Tiffany Huynh!  Her shots are already amazing, yet she continues to be even better; this inspires me to improve my game as well.
  6. My biggest challenge is finding the confidence to run across and poach the ball.  Also, being short might have its own unforeseen perks, but at times it can be frustrating when I can’t reach for the ball or return a super lob.
  7. The strive to improve and win pushes me past my limit.  I sometimes surprise myself with what I can do.
  8. A memorable game was when we got 18-0 against ‘the friends’.
  9. There are no other sports. Just kidding, maybe basketball?
  10. It comes down to the little things.  When the game is so close, I just have to remind myself to relax, breathe and take each shot one point at a time, instead of rushing through the motion.
  11. I mentally prepare before a game by just sleeping on it.  Sometimes I would drown myself with music on the bus to put myself in a good mood