We are back in action, and our next featured Tennis Warehouse Playtester is Carol. She is one of our newest additions and a high level female playtester. She currently playtests both racquets and shoes. Check out her interview below.
Racquet of Choice: Wilson BLX Six.One 95 16×18
Apparel of Choice: I’m a Nike girl!
When/Why did you start playing tennis?
I have played tennis my entire life. At 2 weeks old, I was on the court watching my parents play. I played other sports during my youth, but really got into tennis when I went to Wimbledon at the age of 10. I got to see one of the best matches of all time, Patrick Rafter vs. Sergi Bruggera. It was a 5-hour marathon match, and I couldn’t leave my seat. I knew then that I wanted to be a tennis player.
Who inspires you to play tennis?
The match I watched at Wimbledon got me hooked, but my parents are my true inspiration. Tennis is a family sport for us, so we really enjoyed spending time together on the court. Both my parents played professionally, so they really acted as role models and inspirations to me. I still hit with my father as much as possible and much to my hatred to admit, he can still beat me on occasion.
What is your favorite shot to hit and why?
I have two favorite shots: my forehand down the line and my forehand return of serve. It’s even better when I combine the two.
What racquets have you used (not tested) during your tennis career?
My first racquet was the Wilson ProStaff 6.1 and newer versions. In college I played with the ProKennex SX. I went back to the Wilson BLX Six.One after college and still play with it today.
If you could compare your game style to a pro’s (past or present), who would it be and why?
What has been your favorite match you have ever watched (live or on TV)?
I got to see Andre Agassi’s last professional match at the US Open live. Even though he lost, it was very memorable to me. The crowd applauded him for 30 minutes after the match, which brought him to tears.
Do you have pre-match meals you like to eat before a tournament?
I’m a carbs person. I usually eat a big breakfast 2-3 hours before a match. During a match, I love having a Snickers bar handy.
What has been your most memorable tennis match (win or lose)?
My most memorable tennis match was my sophomore year against USC. My Grandpa flew down to watch this match, so it was really a family affair. He hates USC, being an Oregon Duck himself. I beat a Top 30 player in straight sets during this dual match, and I have never seen my Grandpa so proud.
What is the funniest thing that has ever happened while you were playing tennis?
The funniest thing that has ever happened while playing was getting hit by a ball that was going out during my match point. I didn’t find it funny at the time, but now I can snicker at it.
Have you had any injuries? For how long? How did you deal with them?
Growing up I had no real injuries. I did have an arm injury during my senior year of college that benched me halfway through season. That was really rough on me. I was out for 6 months with surgery.
What is your favorite part of being a TW playtester?
I love getting to try out all the new tennis equipment. Tennis has evolved so much during my life, and the technology is hard to keep up with.
Who is your favorite TW playtester to hit/play with?
I love hitting with all playtesters. We all have such different styles of play, it’s hard to single out just one, but I do enjoy my weekly hits with Jason Huang.
Who is the TW playtester that gives you the most trouble?
Probably Brittany. We know each other’s games so well due to playing together in college.
What has been your favorite review and why?
I really enjoyed the New Balance 851 shoe review. I had been playing with really heavy shoes prior to this, so it was really a breath of fresh air to play in a shoe that was so light and comfortable.
Do you have any nicknames from the TW playtest squad?
I have been called a few different nicknames: Care and C-Roll.
Please check back next week when we feature another playtester in another installment of “Meet the Playtesters.”