Golden Warriors’ No. 1 doubles player built his first computer at age 14
How long have you played tennis?
I actually didn’t start at all until my freshman year. I played baseball from tee-ball through eighth grade, then a friend suggested I try tennis. I loved it right from the start.
What did you love about it?
I wasn’t as bad as I thought I’d be, and I saw improvement right away. I’m pretty competitive, and I liked how I was getting better, and I’ve loved the sport ever since. Plus, it’s something I can do forever; I see people my grandparents’ age still playing it, so I’ll be able to enjoy it for a long time.
Any hobbies besides tennis?
For me, it’s either school or tennis or computers. I love computers, either building them or connecting with my friends … or building them.
You can build a computer?
Yeah, I got a laptop when I was 14, and saw a video online showing the inside of one. I thought it was really cool, so I saved my money and bought the pieces and put them together.
Any major hiccups with the construction?
There was a complication the first time I did it, but my mom’s boyfriend was into computers, too, and he helped me figure it out. I just hadn’t plugged in one wire. Now, I’ve got a really good system, and it works really well.
Do computers figure into your future plans?
Yeah, I’d really like to major in computer science. I’m going to go to Sauk, then I’d like to maybe go to U of I (Illinois). They have a great engineering program, and it would look really good on a resume.
That’d be a pretty good career choice, wouldn’t it?
Yeah, and it’s definitely a job I would love. I don’t see computers getting phased out anytime soon, but even if they do, hopefully I’d be ready for the next big thing because of my computer background. Everything I’ve learned so far, and will learn in college, would help me in that profession.
Do you ever have any time for TV or movies?
I don’t really watch TV, but we do have a family movie night once in a while. I can’t remember the last movie I watched, though.
I like all kinds of music, except for country. I’d say my favorite, though, is alternative rock from back in the ‘90s and early 2000s.
My mom’s lasagna; I can’t get enough of it. She makes it every year for my birthday, because I ask her to, and I’m looking forward to it again soon on my 18th birthday, which is [April] 26th.
That’s a big birthday, 18. Any big plans?
It’s just another day to me, really. I guess I’m an adult and have some more responsibility, like the right to vote, but I’m not really big into politics. My dad is, though, and he’s trying to get me into it.
If your life were a reality show, would people watch?
If it was me at school or on the computer with my friends, it wouldn’t be very exciting. But if it were about the tennis part, that would be better. I mean, it’s reality TV, so the producers can figure out some way to make it exciting and interesting, I’m sure.