In the Spotlight: Blue Gray Tennis Classic, John-Patrick Smith & Saketh Myneni

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ITA: In the Spotlight highlights the most outstanding players in the  2009 Blue Gray Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala. held March 19-22.  Tennessee's John-Patrick Smith was awarded the tournament MVP and Saketh Myneni of Alabama won the Sportsmanship Award.



Smith, John-PatrickJohn-Patrick Smith is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His hometown is Kelso-Queensland, Australia.  He is currently ranked No. 7 in singles and No. 8 in doubles with partner Davey Sandgren in Campbell/ITA National College Rankings. He was awarded the Blue Gray Tennis Classic Tournament MVP after winning all four of his matches, three of which were over ranked players.

Tennis player you admired most growing up was...
Thomas Muster

Other than tennis not many people can beat me at...
Mario Kart 64

What is one thing you would change about the sport of Tennis?
The one thing I would like to change would be to have more grass tournament events.

The thing you miss most about Australia?
Friends & Family

Who has been the biggest impact to your tennis career?
Family


Saketh_MyneniSaketh Myneni is a junior at the University of Alabama.  His hometown is Andhra Pradesh, India.  He is currently ranked No. 32 in singles and No. 49 with partner Billy Mertz in the Campbell/ITA National College Tennis Rankings.  Myneni was awarded the Sportsmanship award at the 2009 Blue Gray Tennis Classic.   

Tennis player you admired most growing up was..
Andre Agassi

Other than tennis not many people can beat me at ....
A game of Chess

What is one thing you would change about the sport of Tennis?
The scoring system.  Make it 1, 2, 3 game instead of 15, 30, 40 game. The reason is to make it easier for the kids or any person to learn the scoring system quickly.

The thing your miss most about India is...
My friends and family.

Who has been the biggest impact to your tennis career?
My family and coaches that have worked with me.

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