Junior tennis player Keller McGurrin was named Landmark Conference Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week.
The distinction came after McGurrin provided the Royals with strong play against Marywood University, after he won his doubles match 6-0, 6-0.
Since joining the tennis team, McGurrin has consistently been a significant member. McGurrin contributed heavily during his first year, earning second-team All-Landmark Conference honors in singles.
As a sophomore, McGurrin earned All-Landmark Conference honors in double play with teammate Alexander Ochalski.
McGurrin holds a career record of 11-18 in singles competition, and 11-16 in doubles play. He and the Royals will end their fall season against Ramapo College 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Royal Courts.
Q: When did you first start playing tennis?
A: I started playing when I was around five years old. My two brothers played, so I have been playing with them throughout my whole life.
Q: Why did you choose The University?
A: My two brothers both played tennis here. I knew the coach before coming in, too. It seemed like a good choice, in terms of sports and academics.
Q: What do you think your best asset is?
A: Just being aggressive. I really go for my shots when I need to. I’m very competitive as well, and I really enjoy that quite a bit.
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Roger Federer. His emotions on court are very stable, and he’s just very eloquent.
Q: Do you have any pre-match rituals?
A: Not really. I just listen to music and try to relax a little. It is usually just Spotify, discover weekly.
Q: What has been your proudest accomplishment thus far?
A: Making playoffs last year. We played really well as a team, and I’m looking forward to the next two years. Hopefully we can win a Landmark Conference championship.