Student athlete profile

Name: Yasmina Eshac

Year: senior

Hometown: Hinsdale

When did you start playing tennis?

I had just moved from Egypt and I didn't know what sport to start playing, so I started playing tennis when I was 7.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

If I put hard work into the sport, the hard work pays off. It's different from a team sport. It's my go-to when I'm having a bad day because I can just let it out while I'm playing.

Do you enjoy playing doubles as well as singles?

Starting last year when I moved back to the U.S., I started to play doubles a lot more and I enjoy it. You build a bond between your partner and you. You get better at many other skills in doubles.

How much did you play over the summer?

With COVID and everything going on, I tried to maintain going to the park with a friend and playing at least two hours a day. Right when tournaments started opening up, I used that as an opportunity to show college coaches I'm still in the game and I'm trying to get back on track.

What do you enjoy about being a

team captain?

I feel like being a team captain is a really nice opportunity where I get to experience being a leader and to always make sure everybody is doing well. I feel like I'm already learning so much from it.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Since I was little, I've always loved to play soccer. When I was little, I liked soccer more than I did tennis.

Where would you like to play next year?

I'm not sure yet, because I have gotten a couple of offers and I don't know if I will pursue that direction. However, my goal is to play tennis in college, and I want all my hard work since I was 7 to pay off in college. I want to keep going. I don't want to stop playing this sport at all.

Why does coach Shawna Zsinko like having Eshac on the team?

I got lucky when she moved in her sophomore year. She works hard and wants to continue her tennis career in college. Yasmina is a great team player and is flexible with playing singles or doubles.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean