By: Jenise Fehring
I had the opportunity to interview Gina Gambucci on her life in tennis! She has qualified for State in singles! She is a senior at East High School and also plays soccer.
Q1: How long have you played Tennis?
Since I was three years old.
Q2: How many times have you qualified for state?
Twice. Last year and this year. I went to sectionals three years though.
Q3: How did you take the news that you made it that far?
I was obviously really excited and really proud that all my hard work paid off.
Q4: What is your favorite thing about tennis?
The competitiveness. There is nothing better than being down in a match and fighting back. Even if you lose, you know you didn’t go down without a fight.
Q5: How do you think your season went on a personal level and as a team level?
Personally I am happy with my season. I wish I could’ve put on more of a show at State but there’s nothing I can do about it now.
I am so proud of my team. Last year as a team we won one meet and this year I think we won four or more. We have a lot of good freshman coming next year so, I’m excited to read about how well they are going to do.
Q6: Who were your biggest rivals, besides the East vs. West competition?
Personally? My other biggest rival was probably from Menomonee Falls. Just because she’s really good and I knew it would be a good match.
As a team I’d say Oconomowoc, Slinger, and Hartford
Q7: Why do you like this sport so much?
Because everyone in my family has played forever. It’s hard not to like it. Plus with my dad owns Pleasant Valley Tennis Club I’ve been exposed to it forever. And I’ve put so much time and effort into it if I didn’t like it would all be a waste.
Q8: Who was your biggest encouragement?
My dad for sure. He knows everything there is to know about tennis. We get frustrated with each other a lot but he has never given up on me.
Q9: Who do you look up to for tennis? Any celebrity player? Why?
I like watching professional tennis but I can’t say I look up to them. I know I’m not going to be a pro. I look up to my dad and my brother. The things they have done are realistic to me and within reach so I strive to work towards that rather than an unrealistic dream.
Q10: Did you do any rituals to get “pumped up” for your matches?
No, not really. I knew if I played to my highest potential that I could hang in there with anybody.
Q11: What is the best advice ever given to you for tennis?
There is no time limit for a reason. Regardless of how much your losing by you have all the time in the world to fight back.
Q12: What are some down sides to this sport?
It’s all mental. It’s really easy to beat yourself up about because nobody is out there to pick you back up. Plus it’s really easy for the other person to get into your head. Not to mention how physically exhausting the sport is.
Q13: What is your most memorable moment you have had thought this sport?
State last year and winning first round and seeing how proud my team and everyone was of me.
Q14: Will you continue to play tennis in college? If so, where would you like to play?
I’m not going to play for a university. If I play it will be on the club team, which is still competitive, but not as much of a time commitment. If I do that I will play at Madison or Minnesota.
Q15: What will you miss about your high school tennis career most?
Q16: If you had the chance would you do it all over again? Why or why not? If so, what would you change?
No. I am satisfied with everything I did. I don’t think I wouldn’t change anything. Maybe a couple matches but that’s not what matters in the long run.
Q17: What would you say to your classmates, future tennis players, all your coaches, and everyone that has had team spirit and has helped you along the way?