Tennis Ace of the Month – Marcus Mitchell
Where were you born and raised?
I’ve lived in Pittsburgh for my entire life other than a 9-month period in Lima, Peru when I was 5.
If you aren’t from Pittsburgh or the surrounding areas, what brought you to Pittsburgh, PA?
How long have you been associated with the Highland Park Tennis Club? In what capacities?
I believe we’ve been members for about 5 years but I’m not entirely sure. I played in the free clinics when I was younger and now I’m a coach.
At what age, where and with whom did you first begin playing tennis?
I started playing tennis with my brother at the Citiparks summer tennis camp when I was 7.
Did you play for any school teams? If so, what teams, when and at what schools?
I currently play for the Allderdice High School boys tennis team.
What level tennis player are you now? What was your highest ranking?
I’m pretty good I guess but it’s all relative honestly. My highest sectional (PA, NJ, DE) ranking was around 15 for my age group.
Do you play in tournaments now? If so, why? If not, why not?
I took a little break from tournaments this summer to rejuvenate myself but I’m starting to get back into it now. I like to compete and see how I’m progressing, though I’m not really a fan of the lack of sportsmanship that you sometimes see in tournaments.
Do you prefer singles, doubles and or mixed play? Why?
I like everything honestly. Singles is nice because you can focus more on yourself and it fits my game a little better I think. All doubles is really fun though; I like the fast-paced points and moving around the net.
Name two of your favorite tennis players and tell why they are your favorites.
I like David Ferrer because he grinds and fights for every point. I also like Dominic Thiem because his one-hander is huge
If you could ask each of them a question, what would the questions be?
I’d ask them what motivates them and why.
What is it about the game that you like? Why?
It’s great exercise, it’s pretty fair in terms of the player who plays better winning, and idk I just love sports.
Is there anything about the game that you don’t like and if so, what is it and why?
Other than the cheating not really, but I mean that happens in all sports sometimes and it’s not a huge problem where I’ve played.
If you could change one thing about tennis, what would it be?
Having chair umpires all the time
What do you consider the strongest aspect of your tennis game? Why?
I’d say my forehand and speed are the best aspects of my game, I can get to a lot of balls which can frustrate people into errors.
What part of your tennis game would you most like to improve? Why?
I’d like to improve everything, I think there’s much room for improvement everywhere in my game.
Do you have a personal tennis match that stands out in your mind? Please share the circumstances of that match with us.
Not particularly, though I’ve gotten pummeled in some matches in the past and that always made me train harder
Aside from tennis, in what other athletic activities do you participate?
I love soccer and biking.
What is your favorite type of music?
I listen to everything except country pretty much, it really depends on my mood.
Name your favorite musical artist/group?
I don’t have one.
What is your favorite food?
I love pasta and sushi and good oatmeal.
What can always be found in your refrigerator?
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Miami, FL at my grandpa’s house.
If there is anything that you would change about the world in which we live today, what would it be?
Well there are a lot of things that ideally would be different, it’s tough to choose just one. That sounds a little dark, it’s not to say that there aren’t many great things about the world today, there are just many negative things too.
What would most others be surprised to know about you?
My parents are high school sweethearts.
Is there anything you would like to add?