Getting to Know Janet Kim '09
April 27, 2008
1. What does it take to play #1 singles for Yale?
It is a huge honor to play #1 singles for my team. The position carries with it great responsibility to lead the team in many ways, whether it is in matches or practice, lift, and even off the court. The top player should be the hardest worker on the team, setting the bar for the rest of her teammates to strive for. It takes commitment, discipline, and confidence to play #1 singles, but at the same time, the player needs to stay humble and aware of the fact that it is the team effort that makes the team a success. Whether one plays at #1 or #6 singles, in the end, a point is a point, and every position is equally important.
2. What is your favorite pre-match meal?
I usually don't like to eat a lot before a match, so I usually eat a sandwich or a bagel.
3. In your past 3 years on the team, what has been your most memorable tennis match?
My most memorable match so far has been our most recent match against Dartmouth, when we came back from a 3-1 deficit and won the Ivy League crown 4-3. It was extremely emotional and bittersweet after all of the work we put in and the belief we had in each other to succeed. It was definitely one of the most exhilarating moments of my life, and I am so proud of my team for accomplishing this shared goal of ours.
4. What is the best part about Yale Tennis?
My teammates and coaches. Without them I would not have the honor of being part of such a tight-knit, hard working, and fun environment. They always push me to excel both on and off the court, and I am very thankful for that. I also have a blast being with my teammates and coaches, as they are all great people and never fail to make me laugh.