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Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Georgetown University’s Newspaper of Record since 1920

The Hoya

Tennis Star Talks Up a Racket

Name: Will LowellSport: Tennis

Hometown: Nahant, Mass.

High School: Saddlebrook Prep.

School/Year: COL ’10

ajor: English

High School Career: Won two letters at Saddlebrook Preparatory School and one at Middlesex High School. Achieved his highest national rank of 62 in the United States Tennis Association in 2006.

Georgetown Career: A 3-10 overall top-position record in dual-match doubles play. Finished top position with Jeffrey Schnell with 2-4. Played with Schnell against Louisville in last year’s Big East round one.

When did you first start playing tennis? I started with my family when I was really young. I was probably 10 or 11 playing local tournaments and then I eventually got into the national competition.

Who’s the team joker? I’m living with two guys on the team, Anthony Muki Tan and David Tillem, and they’re probably the craziest ones.

Who on the team do you rely on the most? Every day it’s a different person, a different shoulder to lean on. Since it’s a small team we get support from different people in a different way. On a personal level, it’s got to be one of my roommates, especially if I need someone to go to who spends a lot of time with me.

Any superstitions? Sometimes I need to have not shaved in a week, and then sometimes I’ll lose after that so I have to be clean shaven, and then I’ll be like no, I can’t monitor it, I have to let it go. But it just keeps going in circles.

Your first time playing for the Hoyas? Etienne Paris and I played GW in doubles and lost 8-1 in about four minutes. Then I went on to singles and I won, which was such a huge turnaround. We ended up winning the match, and it was the first time we beat GW in five or six years. So it was my first college match and I got to see both sides of it – I thought I’d completely let the team down for the doubles, and then I got to take pride in the win for the singles, and we all got to celebrate together; it was a good day.

Favorite athlete? Roger Federer.

Best moment in your career so far? Probably against Longwood last year. We were down 3-2 when Adam Gross and I went on last. Adam won his match on a tie-breaker and I won my match 6-1 and 7-5. But it was really cool for Gross and I to realize it was going to come down to us, and for us to be able to come through.

What was your freshman residence hall? New South. It’s a lot of fun, I definitely miss living back there. What is the one thing you miss most about home? I live on the water, and you can never replace that. There’s something about looking out and seeing no buildings. And of course, my family.

ost embarrassing moment? In practice one time, I hit a ball off the front of my racket into my face and I couldn’t see for like half an hour. It hurt a little bit but it hurt my ego more. But in matches, I try to limit the embarrassment; it takes the competitive edge away if the other guy is laughing at you.

Favorite movie? “The Big Lebowski.” Biggest pet peeve? The only thing we ever argue about in the room is temperature. For some reason my roommates like to have it at 50, and I want it at about 90. But that’s it for the most part.

Favorite escape from Georgetown? The movie theater. It’s nice to walk through M Street and walk to Loew’s. You get a nice taste of the area walking there. Being at the movies is great because it’s the only time as a college student when you can’t be doing work. Any other time, work is always at the back of your head but when you’re at the movie theater, you can’t think about it. It’s great.

Favorite Georgetown restaurant? We go to The Tombs a lot because it’s convenient. It’s probably my favorite place to eat. I don’t know if I’m biased because I’m lazy and it’s so near.

Greatest inspiration? My parents have been great role models. I know it sounds cheesy, but my mom’s really passionate and she’s taught me a lot about pushing forward, being an individual and going for what you want. And my dad is good at carrying a heavy burden, being the guy who is responsible for the whole family and making it look easy. They’ll make fun of me if they read this though.

Booey’s or Wisey’s? Wisey’s. It’s closer.

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