Q: What has been your favorite memory as a Sooner?
A: My favorite memory was probably my freshman year when we won National Indoors. To have a championship just two months in at OU was pretty exciting.
Q: What makes OU a special place?
A: I’ve been coming to football games since I was a little kid. My mom went here and my grandparents went here, so it’s always been in my heart to come here, and it helps that we have such a great tennis program.
Q: What is Coach Crowell’s ‘one big thing’ that he stresses every day?
A: He pushes us every day, so I’d say work ethic. It’s not so much just focusing on the result, but how we practice every day, and I think that leads to good results anyway.
Q: Talk about the work you, Florin Bragusi, Alex Ghilea and Andrew Harris have put into this program.
A: Every day, it’s always a grind for us. I think we’ve all pushed each other during our time here, and it’s been fun. We’re all like brothers so it’s been fun to do it with them and have success.
Q: What type of legacy do you want to leave when your time is up at OU?
A: I think we’ve already – even the guys right before me - kind of put OU on the map. We want to keep that culture going and hopefully we can finish strong this year.
Q: How have you personally adjusted to becoming one of the four veterans in this program?
A: The new guys, the freshmen, they seem a lot younger, so it’s kind of been easy for me. My brother is a freshman in college so I kind of look at it like that. I have to lead them in a way by teaching them on and off the court.
Q: Who was your favorite teammate to play with who’s now graduated?
A: I’d say Axel (Alvarez Llamas) and Dane (Webb). They were kind of the leaders for me when I came in as a freshman, and they were really fun guys to be around. We’re lucky to have Axel back around (as a volunteer coach).
Q: What is your most memorable individual win at OU?
A: I haven’t had like a 3-3 clincher, but my freshman year in the NCAA Finals when I won my match first in singles against Georgia, that was really exciting for me to put the first point up for us.
Q: Who is your favorite pro player and what’s your favorite moment in pro tennis?
A: I like to see (Roger) Federer do well because he’s kind of the face of tennis. Without him in the Grand Slams, it’s a different feeling, so it’s nice to see him doing well. Winning the Australian Open – everyone was pretty happy about that. Andy Roddick winning the U.S. Open in 2003 was probably my favorite moment. It’s always good to see an American do well.
Q: Pre-match music choice and meal of choice?
A: We’ve been going to Midway Deli and I really like the ‘Vulcan’ there. It’s a good sandwich spot, and also Thai-Thai. For music, it kind of depends on the day for me. I’m really open for anything.
Q: Outside of tennis, what’s your favorite thing about OU?
A: Football games. Just the culture and energy that everyone brings is awesome and that's kind of the tradition here.
Q: Who’s the funniest guy on the team?
A: I’d say Flo (Florin Bragusi). He’s really funny in a way where you have to know him, but once you do he's really funny.