Student athlete profile

Name: Ansh Shah

Year: senior

Hometown: Oak Brook

When did you first start playing tennis?

At 10 years old. I was playing a couple of sports when I was younger. I kind of just started at the park district. I started watching tennis a lot. I really admire Rafael Nadal. He's lefty and I'm lefty as well. Watching him got me motivated about the game.

What do you enjoy most about the sport?

I like the individuality of the sport. It's just you against another player. It just brings out the warrior inside of you.

How has COVID-19 affected the season?

We're taking it day by day and trying to get the most out of each day. We are not really in control of what happens. We are trying to be responsible on and off the court, and know the state title means a lot to us and our school as well. We're just trying to control whatever we can right now.

Do you have any pre-match superstitions?

I always walk onto the court with one racket outside my bag. All other rackets will be inside the bag. I've taken that from what Nadal does.

How have you improved since your freshman year?

I think I've improved as a team member and a leader as well.

What is your goal for the season?

The goal is obviously as a team to win the state championship and as captain to lead the team from the front. We have the talent and we know that we can work toward that goal. We've done it before countless times.

What are your plans for the fall?

I am committed to the preprofessional scholars program at Case Western Reserve University, which is essentially an eight-year medicine program that gives me acceptance into their medical school. In my four years of undergraduate, I'm going to play for Case's tennis team as well.

Why does coach John Naisbitt like having Shah on the team?

Ansh Shah is a four-year varsity starter and state series participant. He has helped lead Hinsdale Central to state championships his freshman and sophomore years. He is a gifted athlete but better person and student. He is heading to Case Western University this fall to become a doctor. He is a coach's dream.

- profile by Pamela Lannom, photo by Jim Slonoff

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean