You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks


Welcome to

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on

Statesman Exclusive

New squad will take up hundreds of Austin’s delayed rape investigations

Faces Off the Field: Jamesson Tankersley, senior, Westwood tennis

How did you get started playing tennis?

My dad and mom both play tennis and so do both of their parents so I guess it’s a family tradition. When I started playing in earnest, I was 14.

For you, what’s been the hardest skill to master as a tennis player?

Probably the mental part of the game. It’s so different from other sports because when you play tennis, you are alone on the court. You versus the world.

What’s been your greatest memory of high school tennis?

When our team beat Lake Travis for the … championship (of a postseason tournament). They had beat us the year before so it was a big win for us.

Why is the tennis team at Westwood so competitive every year?

The level of players that Westwood is lucky enough to get is incredibly high and coach (Travis) Dalrymple pushes us pretty hard.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Jake Stern, Gustav Stresemann, Roger Federer and Fred Rogers.

Why did you choose Gustav Stresemann?

Gustav Stresemann was a German politician during the Weimar Republic. I wrote a paper on him and I became enamored with him.

What are your college plans?

I will be attending UT-Dallas for finance. Playing tennis is a possibility, but I’m not sure yet.

If you had the choice of being valedictorian of your class or all-state in tennis, which would you pick?

Valedictorian, hands down.

What’s your all-time favorite movie?

I gotta say “Pacific Rim.” It is just the perfect blend of pointless violence and robots, just a cinematic masterpiece.

What’s your favorite food?

I must say coffee bubble tea from Kung Fu Tea is probably my favorite thing.

If you could play on any tennis court in the world, which one would it be?

Center court at the All England Club. It is the Mecca of professional tennis, and I have always wanted to play there.

— Rick Cantu

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in High School Sports

Texas coach Tom Herman is weighing the final decision on tight end Reese Leitao
Texas coach Tom Herman is weighing the final decision on tight end Reese Leitao

Texas signee Reese Leitao pled guilty to misdemeanor drug possession on Tuesday and will receive a four-year deferred sentence as part of his agreement with Tulsa County prosecutors. If Leitao stays out of trouble for four years, his attorney said, his record will be wiped clean in the state of Oklahoma. Now, all eyes turn toward Texas coach Tom Herman...
Profar, Marte lift Round Rock over Salt Lake 11-3
Profar, Marte lift Round Rock over Salt Lake 11-3

Jurickson Profar doubled twice and singled twice, driving in four runs as the Round Rock Express defeated the Salt Lake Bees 11-3 Monday at Dell Diamond. The victory marked the Express’ third in their last four and first series win since taking three of four against in a series against the Iowa Cubs April 22-25. Luis Marte fell a home run shy...
Texas pledge Byron Hobbs brings energy, enthusiasm to outside linebacker position

FORT WORTH — Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando utilizes defenders’ speed, versatility and aggression to stop offenses. He needs players with a motor and a mean streak. And athleticism doesn’t hurt, either. He found those traits in Fort Worth Eastern Hills’ Byron Hobbs, the 6-4, 210-pound outside linebacker who committed...
In Jones' search for Cowboys’ backup QB, Kaepernick deserves a look
In Jones' search for Cowboys’ backup QB, Kaepernick deserves a look

It's that time again, even if owner Jerry Jones hasn't formally popped the cork on it.  It's Find That Dallas Cowboys Backup Quarterback time.  Tony Romo is gone, but the search must begin anew because, you know, you can never have enough low-expectation, minimal-salary-cap-impact, NFL backup quarterbacks.  Of course, nobody wants the...
WNBA is helping officials raise their game
WNBA is helping officials raise their game

Last year’s WNBA finals were deemed an instant classic. Lifted by an emotional Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike’s game-winning shot in the final seconds, the Los Angeles Sparks captured the title in a decisive Game 5 on the road against the Minnesota Lynx in front of a sold-out crowd at Target Center. It was women’s professional...
More Stories