ITA: In the Spotlight - 2010 ITA Sportsmanship Award Winners

In_The_Spotlight_Logo_small The ITA In the Spotlight features the ITA's 2010 ITA Sportsmanship Winners, Sanam Singh of Virignia and Amanda Granson of Duke.  Each of these players were honored at the Division I Men's and Women's Team Indoor Championships.  Each were chosen to received this annual award by the 16 participating coaches for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis during the course of the Team Indoor Championship as well as throughout her career.


Amanda Granson is a senior at the No. 8th ranked Duke University.  She is from Hilton Head, South Carolina and is the 2nd of the her family to play tennis for the Duke Women's Team.  She is the 2010 ITA Sportsmanship Award Winner for her spirit and sense of fellowship on the court at the 2010 ITA Women's Team Indoor Championship that took place at Madison, Wisconsin.

1. What is the best thing about playing for Duke?

My teammates! I've absolutely loved my teammates over my four years at Duke and feel so lucky to have been around such incredible girls. We have had so much fun together, and it makes going to practice and traveling together that much better.

2. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

I love travel, health/fitness, and cooking. In ten years I'd like to see myself doing something with one (or all) of these interests! Whether it be writing for a magazine, consulting people on healthy lifestyles, working abroad on international development, or writing a cookbook... Who knows what will end up happening, but I'm excited about what's to come!

3. What is your most memorable tennis experience?

By far, my most memorable tennis experience was winning the NCAA team title last year! It was a dream come true, and things just seemed to fall into place for our team. We only had six healthy players the entire season, so we battled through many injuries and had to play though every match no matter what. It was a complete fairy tale, and I only realized that after thinking about the evolution of our season and the events that unfolded. I couldn't be more proud of the girls and was so happy to have accomplished that feat. It's something that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life and is a defining moment in my college tennis career.

4. Where is the most interesting place your have traveled?

That's a toss-up between Vietnam and Turkey. I absolutely loved both experiences, so its hard to decide. I went to Turkey with my best friend who is Turkish, so we went to Istanbul and then stayed with her family in their small town along the Black Sea. I also went to Vietnam, where I volunteered for three weeks in a rural Vietnamese village to teach middle school students sports, the life skills you learn through sports, and the value of a college education. Both countries were completely different, and I loved that I was able to immerse myself so much in their respective cultures. I have an undying passion for travel and a bucket list that includes visiting as many countries as possible, so I hope to go to many more interesting places in the future!

5. Favorite non-tennis activity

I love pilates, reading, and hanging out with my friends. Right now I am in a golf class as well, so I'm hoping I get better and play more often!



Sanam Singh Sanam Singh is a junior at the top-ranked University of Virginia and he is from Chandigarh, India.  He is currently at the top of that Campbell/ITA College Tennis Men's Singles Rankings and is ranked No. 11 in the Doubles Rankings with partner, Houston Barrick.  He is the 2010 ITA Sportsmanship Award Winner for his fairness and respect on the court at the 2010 ITA Men's Team Indoor Championship that took place at the Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia.


1. What is the best thing about playing for Virginia?

For me, there are a lot of things that make playing for Virginia special. The atmosphere is great, the support is great but the most important thing is that I enjoy playing with my friends on the team and for my coaches. I have a lot of good friends on the team and the coaches really care about you not only as a tennis player but as a person.

2. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?

In 10 years, hopefully I will still be playing tennis at a high level and would have achieved my dreams and goals as a pro tennis player.

3. What is your most memorable tennis experience?

My most memorable tennis experience - This is a tough one, I would say winning my first national tournament when I was 13. The three national indoor titles are right up there though.

4. Where is the most interesting place your have traveled?

I would have to say Monastir, Tunisia. (A small city in Tunisia, Africa.) I was there to play a tournament and the place was unbelievable. I picked that because most people have not even heard of that place but its really nice.

5. Favorite non-tennis activity

Watching TV (sports and movies) and playing other sports (a lot of golf).

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