ITA Player Profile: Simon Felix, Embry Riddle
Simon Felix of Embry-Riddle (NAIA) and his partner Deni Zmak won the doubles title at the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, qualifying them for the 2013 USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The pair beat UCLA's Marcos Giron and McKenzie McDonald (who were ranked in the ITA Division I Top 10 in January 2014) to make the second round, and the ITA spoke to Simon about how he got into tennis and where we’d find him when he’s not on the court.
How old were you when you started playing tennis?
I was eight years old when I started playing tennis.
How did you get into it?
I was born in South Africa, and my best friend decided to give me a racquet one day because he played tennis, and the courts were five minutes away, so I used to just go there, start playing, I enjoyed It so much. I got really into it. My coach back home really all into technique, so I was practicing against the wall at my house, broke so many windows.
What do you enjoy when you’re not playing tennis, where would we find you?
You would often find me in the library studying. I spend a lot of time with my friends playing video games, I enjoy fishing too, fishing is fun, and the outdoors a lot.
Who did you look up to most in tennis growing up, any idols?
That is a tough one. To tell you the truth, I didn’t watch that much tennis on TV, I only watched the grand slams, but when I did, I was always focused on Federer or Nadal, I wouldn’t really have a specific player that I like a lot. There is something about every player that I love, like I would watch Davydenko and be like, wow, that guy has unbelievable footwork. I’d watch Federer and I was like, ok he’s talented everywhere.
What’s your favorite shot on the court?
My favorite shot on the court? I’m not ready to say that until after the tournament.
Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray, who is your favorite?
Ok, definitely not Murray, I’ll go with Federer, because he’s from Switzerland.
What is the first concert you ever went to?
Steve Aoki, a month ago.
What is something you need to stop eating?
Probably this ice-cream that I get from Publix, it’s called Chocolate Trinity, I just eat that after every meal, and I just can’t stop.
What’s been your favorite or funniest moment in your college career so far?
Definitely the national championship win as a team, which happened in May, and that just felt amazing. Deni clinched, saving three championship points, thanks for making almost having a heart attack. It was amazing; that was definitely my favorite moment.